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  • http://twitter.com/blamer @blamer

    Excellent post.

    I’m unsure whether the offending tweets were from a personal twitter account or an organisation’s account (please enlighten me?) but that fact seems very relevant to any employer wanting to dismiss their tweeting employee.

    It’s all very well that we’re suggesting points about ethics from our personal perspective (and I do agree with the OP) but I’m quite sure that today’s moral rhetoric –eg. online commenting & public shaming– in fact does NOT work at all like we’re suggesting it could in theory. Alas, we sound like we’re indulging in another “liberal” academic pipe-dream.

    Because the business world is confident that half the world are judging them based on their employees actions –even when away from the workplace– and therefore at least half the worlds managers know this to be unrealistic:

    “none of their comments should be understood as expressing the company’s views”

    People don’t work like that. And again the masses really do imagine it’s good to keep insisting:

    “we must all have the same values, and that dissenting from those values is not permissible”

    That’s perhaps the greatest appeal of the moral fables of religious Right. Because although the Left might reject their black-and-white view of a specific issue as “inferior”, we certainly seem far more permissive of that “ethical dilemma”-type approach to morality in general and any specific issue (even if we argue that dilemma has more than 2 sides, black vs white). Especially when a one-eyed loyalty-based way of thinking (read: feeling) is a long way from being a smoking gun that’s causing real-world suffering of named individuals.

    Thanks,
    @b ..

    • http://synapses.co.za Jacques Rousseau

      They were both from personal accounts (though neither included that disclaimer of “personal views” – though I wouldn’t think they need to). Also, both did at the time mention who they worked for, which I also think permissible. You’re right in pointing out that these are the ways the masses think – the question, for me, is if we can ever get them (us often included) to think differently. And if yes, then how.

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