Are we in danger of being "Dooced"?
Call me ignorant, naive, Chester, whatever, but I had never heard of this term before yesterday, when Yahoo featured THIS STORY about a blogger being fired for bad-mouthing her employer on her blog.
You need not scroll down too far to see a small rant about my own employer, and I know of several other blogs I read that frequently complain about where they work.
While I try to keep my comments limited to things I wouldn't mind saying to my boss's face, or slip into the 'suggestion box' at work, some others have gotten a bit more therapeutic than I have in their posts.
This brings up the whole "Free Speech" vs. "Free Enterprise" debate, that'll make any red-blooded American's cowboy hat spin. Quite honestly, I'm on the proverbial fence with this one. I'm an 'at will' employee where I work, which means if they suddenly decide that I'm too fat, too white, too Republican, too much of an OU fan, too ugly, or just really really want to hire someone else to fill my position, they can tell me goodbye at any second. Luckily, I'm in an industry that few people want to work in, and with high turnover, so any happy, loyal employee such as myself has pretty good job security. (Yes, I really do love my job!)
But if I started posting lies and half-truths, or even whole truths that paint my employer in a bad light, would they be justified in firing me? And just who are they firing? "Nixon Casablanca" (not my real name.) Yes, that' s my real picture, but couldn't I just as easily post as someone else? Or use a fake picture? Or post as a pet armadillo?
I don't blog on company time, mainly because we have no internet access at work. If we did, I probably would, but only because I mostly work graveyard during which time we watch the kids sleep (and make sure they don't wake up and try to escape, stab eachother, etc.) We do have a LOT of paperwork to keep us busy, but we still manage to have several hours of idle time a night, which is usually filled with reading or light television watching.
So, I've reached no conclusion, but then again, neither did the news story. Where do YOU stand?