I hope you’re not planning to apply for a job in the future:
Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.
Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.
This trend described in this news story may hurt those who think it’s fine and dandy to call a woman a “cunt” or to create the portmanteau “twatson” to refer to a woman that one disagrees with.
Examples of this can be found here, here, and here on the ScienceBlogs web site if you can stomach the stench of the conversations. Since the blog author compared Rebecca Watson to the Sith Lord Anakin Skywalker (and there must be Star Wars corollary to Godwin’s Law lurking in the comparison), I’m sure she will appreciate her blog posts and supporting commentators being called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
What is (in my humble opinion) an example of reasonable commentary on this come from Ophelia Benson’s web site:
- A priest and a rabbi go into an elevator and …
- How’s it going?
- What was that we were saying about sexist epithets? Five years ago?
- Rebecca gives some helpful advice
- Fun with names
- Crazy American bitches
- More dog whistle