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15 September 2014 @ 04:08 pm
She said a mouthful  
Black dentist in trouble at her practice because her colleagues snooped on her private Facebook posts and didn't like what she said about the Ferguson shooting. (That bites.) So she quit. Anybody want a good dentist who doesn't keep her mouth shut?
browngirl on September 16th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
I am so tempted to repost this with "this is why I'm not on Facebook". Ugh. I mean, Facebook is the least of the problems here -- her employers making her personal online space about their workplace, deciding that her comments about racism in the US are about them personally (maybe if they feel that way they should consider if their consciences are telling them they *do* contribute to the problems she's describing), spying on her, and completely lacking empathy or understanding for her perspective as a Black woman, are all bigger problems, and that's not the whole list. But the way Facebook collapses all the areas of one's life together even if one takes steps, as she did, to keep them separate, that doesn't help.

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Arthur and Kevin's Nellorat: cowputernellorat on September 17th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is any "personal online space," really. My h.s. students feel this way & are fine with it; I think that eventually everyone's life will be that open & the standards of what is condemnable will have to change--not just things that never should be condemnable to begin with, like this, but really bad judgment in sex, drink/drugs, &c. But now we're in this awful transition stage in which the code is still "don't get caught" & businesses, colleges, and other institutions can and do use the info in harmful ways. It's interesting that the post-cyber-network standards I imagine seem a lot like pre-literacy standards of openness.
msrat1900 on September 16th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yet another person who thought one could post things on the internet "privately". I ran into one such in my work the other day. She asked "Where did they get this picture of us?" and I answered "I don't know, maybe on the internet?"

She said "It's not on the internet. Only Facebook."

Yeah. Private, like posting it on a local telephone pole.