It’s amazing that it’s almost 2014 and people are still getting fired for saying horrible, no good things on social media. Haven’t we learned that what you say can and will get you in trouble?
Whether it’s Duck Dynasty’s patriach or IAC’s “accidental racist” Justine Sacco, people still aren’t learning that words have consequences. Over at On the Media’s TLDR Blog, PJ Vogt points out that Sacco, for example, had a long history of making bad jokes, and it’s surprising that she hadn’t come to the internet’s attention before. I agree. And what’s interesting isn’t that she hadn’t been in trouble before, or that shows and jobs can be lost, but that some people are still outraged or confused as to why media companies — or any company, for that matter — can take action against you for your words.
Be careful what you tweet, reporters. What might get a smirk or a laugh in the newsroom is destined to be spread around the internet if it rubs someone the wrong way. Quarrels among copy editors shouldn’t be taken to Twitter. You don’t have to be a bigot or a jerk, either. An unpopular opinion with a link to a story could do it, too.
I think Jay Rosen put it best:
Sounds like hyperbole. But it isn’t. You take your life — well, your work life — in your hands every time you tweet. http://t.co/J7XlrlbDIX
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) December 22, 2013