06/01/12 285 W - + 3 - 3 The Thorny Thicket Today


Remember the Watch Desk and the Raleigh-Durham forums therein? They were active for a little while, a couple years ago. Withered on the wine, and certainly never approached the volume of postings (and ferocity of opinion) seen in the Baltimore-DC area forums. (Which is where the site originated.) Both Statter911 and Firegeezer are talking this week about the Watch Desk's pending temporary closure and issues relating to a site administrator's employer's reaction. Mike Ward, on of the Firegeezers, recounts the history of the Watch Desk and asks if such messages are even important today, given the explosion of personal digital channels. Facebook, YouTube, personal blogs, personal web sites, etc. My question slash observation involves the anonymous component and employer/employee perspectives. Below is a comment posted in both stories. Reflect, react, or add your opinion to the story comments.

Legeros says
In days of old, when knights were bold, and Internet hadn’t been invented, employees showed their faces and their names when criticizing their employers.

The thorny thicket today (or one of them, perhaps, related to this issue) is this: how should we regard an employee’s role in participation, facilitation, or enabling of anonymous criticism of their employer?

I have personally wrestled with this issue locally on my own fire blog, as I have witnessed the personal reactions (and tangible outcomes) that result from anonymous online criticism of departments and their actions.

(Because of course, ever entity and action traces back to a person. A living, breathing, feeling, and reactive human being. And a person within a chain of command, with peers, with rivals, with people to lead and people they follow.)

No answers here…

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