We can destroy what we have written

Posted: June 20, 2013 in blogging, social networking, technology
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We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

This quote and the meaning behind it rings all too true in today’s connected world.  Everything you put out there, stays out there.  The internet does not forget, people might, but then they can always find it again on the internet later to remind themselves.

Taste your words before you spit them out.” Its funny, I saw that piece of wisdom on a service station sign as I was driving past.  Made me think, and does really hit home the same message as the Anthony Burgess quote.  Think before you speak, or more precisely nowadays, think before you send/post.  There are no do-overs when it comes to what you put out there, and its easier to not say something than to try to fix it afterward or retract it.  Ask pretty much any politician.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a seemingly innocent tweet, an email, or a blog post, or comment on a website.  It can be retrieved and potentially used against you.

You never know, you may end up running for public office someday and all those shoe-fetish photos you “liked” could come back to bite you in the ass… so to speak.

I’m barkerp and I approve this message.

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