[Air-L] Facebook posts used to fire people in Australia

Ben Light B.Light at salford.ac.uk
Wed Apr 8 10:13:16 PDT 2009


Thanks for the link Monica and the discussion.  I've just finished a session
with a PhD student I am working with who's just about to jump into the field
and follow the development and implementation of social media at a network
solutions company - her focus is on the possible implications for 'home' and
'work' life.

Of course we found ourselves talking about the telework research of the 80s,
but also the pre-industrial revolution cottage industries of the UK!  I'm
sure we could go back further :O)

Ben.


Ben Light
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Director IS, Organisations and Society Research Centre
Acting Associate Head of School - Research
School of Media, Music and Performance
The University of Salford
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On 8/4/09 17:20, "Lois Ann Scheidt" <lscheidt at umail.iu.edu> wrote:

> As always, well said Rhiannon...it does get so old the idea that all of this
> is new. The only thing that's new here is the reach of the
> communication...in that "rifling" can now be done privately and more
> thoroughly than just going through a desk.
> 
> Lois
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> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Rhiannon Bury
> Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 10:42 AM
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-L] Facebook posts used to fire people in Australia
> 
> The public/private bites back, for sure, but this is  not new to facebook.
> Years ago, I made a mildly negative comment about a former department  in an
> email to a new colleague. She promptly forwarded it to the Chair because,
> unbeknownst to me, she had an agenda and wanted a program I ran closed down.
> It didn't work but the Chair called me in and I had some explaining to do.
> Very embarrassing to say the least.  A situation like this  can happen with
> any form of written communication. A friend of mine was fired on the spot
> when her new boss her rifled through her desk and found a photocopy she had
> taken on the office machine for her own business.
> 
> The lesson for facebook is the same for any other "traceable"
> communication--think before you post and in the words of Deep Throat from
> The X-Files, "trust noone." :)
> 
> Rhiannon 
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