Tony Fish has a set of new rules for the social media age.
As a collection, they are interesting but they made me think ..
We value ‘online reputation’
We ask the younger generation to be careful ..
We threaten them that NO one would employ them if they found out about what they did in college ..
Now .. consider this recent incident ..
Duke university graduate Karen Owen, 22, put together a mock “thesis,” comparing and rating her sexual conquests from her sophomore year to her senior year of college. The elaborate Powerpoint presentation included names, pictures, graphs and ratings. This ‘fuck book’ went public on the Internet with predictable concerns on privacy violation and outrage from the University.
One could say that the fuss was more because she was a woman.
Some of this is not safe to read at work but the links are
Karen Owen’s Duke Sex-Rating PowerPoint Goes Viral
And the title of her thesis is colourfully entitled: “An Education Beyond The Classroom: Excelling In The Realm Of Horizontal Academics,”. In the report, she describes the men she’s slept with in near-scientific detail and even provides charts ranking their sexual prowess.
You could argue that she has LOST her reputation.
BUT Would you HIRE her as an employee after she left college?
My view is: Why not????
Who cares what she did in college?
For that matter, who cares what someone posts in their private life even if they are employed as long as it does not affect the work?
For the record, I believe she has got a few publishing offers and the sheer imagination and innovation should be commended
(Note that in this post, I am not referring to the privacy of the other people affected – I am discussing the reputation of the writer of this document – also note that she did not publish it herselves but rather a friend did, hence a far lesser crime)
So, would you employ someone with a similar history in college?
Is this whole trend hyped?
Are we forcing our values/norms/morals on the next generation?
Image – huffington post