Split Personality

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"...to have one's own thoughts transported instantly across the globe. But once there, they become fodder for anyone who is inclined to turn an author's words against him."

    Writing on the internet scares me. For that matter, posting anything on the internet scares me. As displayed in the article written by Bill Schackner, accessible by the above link, anything you post on the internet can be used against you. While as Americans we are given what we call Freedom of Speech, that freedom does not exempt you from being penalized for offending other people. You are given the freedom to say whatever you wish to, but you do have to own up when your speech, or writings in this case, irritates other individuals.

    While blogging is a now popular way to express opinions, those opinions can be seen by anyone. Students, and those other individuals striving to be known in the online community, have to be careful when posting anything on the internet. Their fun night, as in Stacy Snyder's case, or controversial opinions can cost them opportunities in the workforce. Stacy Snyder was denied her teaching license when her university discovered a picture of her drinking on MySpace. The same idea is applicable to writing.

    There cannot be a split in Internet personality and "real-life" personality. The person is the same and will be treated as such.

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Denamarie Ercolani said:

I agree with you on the fact that anything you express on the internet can be used against you. I also mentioned the freedom of speech amendment on my blog by saying we are given the opportunity to say whatever we want, but like you said, it does not exempt you from being penalized for offending other people.

It is sad that we have to be careful about what we post on our personal blogs. We are just expressing how we feel through writing and to become known in the online community.

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