In one of the Tech Curmudgeon’s favorite movies, Winston Zeddmore (played by Ernie Hudson) told Ray Stantz (played by Dan Aykroyd) “When someone asks if you’re a god, you say ‘YES!’” In that same spirit, if a prospective employer asks for your Facebook password, you say “NO!” Actually, the Tech Curmudgeon initially thought that “fuck off!” was a better response, but you may not want to get a reputation for having an attitude problem.
Then again, having an attitude about refusing to bare your private life to an employer who has no legitimate interest in said private life isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That’s why it’s called “your private life,” after all.
The Tech Curmudgeon also feels that any company who demands access to your private information via social networking sites as a condition of employment is a company that desperately needs to go out of business yesterday, if not sooner. Continue reading →
The New Orleans Saints were more like sinners with the bounty program that rewarded players for hits that took out opposing players.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed out suspensions and fines Tuesday, including a year-long suspension without pay for head coach Sean Peyton, an indefinite suspension for former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (now with the Rams), a $500k fine for the team and the loss of two second-round draft picks.
CNBC sports columnist Darren Rovell credits Goodell’s “heavy hand” because of the 49 concussion lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players.
That is certainly one reason, but if Goodell really wants to teach a lesson, he should ask for a criminal investigation and players and coaches involved should be charged with crimes. Continue reading →
Political satirists sometimes enjoy wider latitude than journalists. It’s a distinct and vital genre for a reason. The press would nevertheless do well to step back, if only occasionally, and to look at the world as its [sic] seen from the Daily Show writers room, or the Onion headline writing desk. Satirists have a knack for hitting on angles that reporters miss due to excessively narrow framing. And deliberate temperamental irreverence is helpful if your job is to dispassionately observe.* In the aftermath of The Daily Show’s UNESCO piece, its angle and value added has been praised in numerous journalistic outlets. Going forward, the press should try to recognize absurdity ahead of the satirists, and bring to ensuing coverage the rigor that is the journalistic comparative advantage. Continue reading →