Monday, October 20, 2003

Oh gracious, when will people learn to be more cautious about saying stupid things in public forums?

I know I was at a conference this weekend, but how on earth did I miss this? Writer Greg Easterbrook makes anti-semitic comments on his blog, then tries to duck some of the blame by pinning that blame on blogging itself: the medium is at fault, apparently. For a good analysis and links to relevant articles, please seeSiva Vaidhyanathan's Weblog.

For my part, I'd like to know why someone who writes - and publishes in highly-read, very public spaces - for a living is incapable of self-monitoring and self-editing.

American freedoms protect our rights to think and speak the way we want, true. But saying stupid, biased, hurtful things, while perhaps your right, are not responsible, especially when you're a public figure, a role model, or someone in a position of power and authority. Can we hold out hope that public figures will, at some point, learn how to refrain from saying stupid things, perhaps exercise some self-restraint?

- posted by laurie @ 10/20/2003 10:48:00 AM
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