I ran across this interesting article from the New York Times today [via LexBlog Blog]. It covers the sensitive subject of interns blogging about the internal workings of their companies. The difficult issue seems to be this:
Most experienced employees know: Thou Shalt Not Blab About the Company’s Internal Business. But the line between what is public and what is private is increasingly fuzzy for young people comfortable with broadcasting nearly every aspect of their lives on the Web, posting pictures of their grandmother at graduation next to one of them eating whipped cream off a woman’s belly. For them, shifting from a like-minded audience of peers to an intergenerational, hierarchical workplace can be jarring.
This is an issue that I have been thinking a lot about as I have been working at my firm this summer. You may have noticed that my posting has drastically slowed down over the past few weeks. In part, this has been due to my lack of time; however, it is also due to my hesitancy regarding what to post and what not to post.
I do not want to risk becoming one of the people who are fired over their blog, but at the same time, I am fairly passionate about increasing my productivity using technology, and I want to share my ideas with others. I will continue to work on that balance, while definitely erring on the side of caution. However, I am determined to boost my post-rate and beef up this blog. Hopefully I can meet all these goals.
[tags]legal andrew, blog, intern[/tags]
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