As Americans, there is one single truth we must learn. Amendments do not protect stupidity, plain and simple. How often we forget that the freedom of speech comes with freedom of consequences. I am seeing this played out more and more article comments. Article after article has been published about the effects of Facebook comments and internet comments and what H.R. reps can do and cannot do.
Dave Burdick recently wrote an article about commenting on a coworker’s posts. Google, “HR and Facebook.” You’ll see a plethora of posts explaining that while H.R. representatives cannot single-out one candidate to check on Facebook, they can make it a policy to check the Facebook profiles of their candidates.
In a shocking revelation, I’m here to tell you that hiring managers and H.R. professionals alike, sometimes read news articles. In these news articles they may read your Facebook comment about the article at the bottom. If it’s a well-thought out comment, it might encourage them to seek you out. If it’s an ignorant comment, they may second guess your intentions, especially if you work for someone they know at that company. This is especially why LOCAL NEWS STORIES are not the place to claim that someone imprisoning and beating their girlfriend had the “courage to do what they didn’t.”
Take for instance, this story. Brandon, a man who plead guilty to imprisoning his girlfriend for 3 days now faces 8 years in prison. Gruesome details include the fact that while beating his girlfriend, Brandon “hit her with a wooden chair so hard that one of the legs broke off.” The article also states, Brandon “had a friend drop off tea, honey and Ibuprofen because his voice and foot were sore from the ongoing verbal and physical abuse he was administering to the victim.” Knowing the article was greenlit on Fark.com, I guessed there was going to be a few comments that would shock me. I wasn’t prepared however, for this:
>> And now, I’d like to write an open letter to the internet. <<