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What will be the effect of internet memory?

I thought I would have a deep philosophical viewpoint but after walking the dog and considering the obvious it's not that difficult. The challenge is that the generations that follow me already have a more open viewpoint of the online social experience. They are no less opinionated, fearful, or cliquish than my generation but their memories are much shorter.

I'm not sure if that is because my-gen stores it's knowledge base in local or near "cache" and the next-gen uses google.

So what is going to happen you go to take that all important career making interview and the interviewer pulls out a stack of blog posts or pictures that demonstrate questionable moral character or outright disdain for everything lawful and good.

Will it be easy enough to say "I've changed my opinion since then" or "I was just acting out childhood angst" or my new favorite... "I was publishing without the filter of a professional editor"? We are being judged all the time.. Whether it's because we contributed to a project code tree without checking in comments or PEP-8, submitted a bug report with poor grammer that was fixed anyway, or wrote openly about a crush on a teacher or professor. (these are not my personal experiences).

But what is to come of it all? Specially if you were interviewing for a local fast food establishment or secretary of state. It seems that it might be on a sliding scale.

So as you read my articles... I'm not trying too hard to express too strong of an opinion that I cannot change my mind as I often do. I won't be slamming "the law" as they keep me safe and that job is for the regular press and Assange.

The internet memory is long and potentially unforgiving... and always subjective and subject to interpretation. Good luck to us all.


  1. As long as you're not threatening anyone or calling out people by name, like a municipal vendor, then it seems to be, if you are judged by something you wrote, you might not want to work there anyway. I have a feeling if you were to have no social presence because you wanted to leave no mark that could harm you, that would work against you, too.

    I think the phenomenon which you refer happens more often when someone has something on line as a kid, back when that someone might have been insensitive and just plain not thinking.

    Personally, from lessons learned on early email systems, I've learned not to send email using "you know who" let alone someone's name, nickname, or whatever. I have also learned to have an opinion, but to throttle back any provocateur aspects.

    Additionally, there is not a different version of me entering this answer to your post. These are my comments, and I am choosing the willingly. But, if I had something severely negative or not constructive to say, I wouldn't post the comments, just for the reasons you've outlined.


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