Avoiding Responsibility
August 19, 2010

Recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said he thought, "Young people may one day have to change their names in order to escape their previous online activity." (BBC link)

Honestly, this is the most asinine comment to come out of Schmidt's mouth yet.

First, legally changing your name to avoid your past does NOT fricking work. Most employers for anything better than a minimum wage job run a background check. This will automatically bring up any previous names. And, quite frankly, I can see where if this did become a trend, many companies just noting a name change and assuming the person had something to hide, or had been irresponsible and was therefore a risk to hire - without doing the research to determine if this was true or not.

In essence, it could easily become the second line of tossing out resumes - the first being errors in the resume or cover letter.

Secondly, what does this teach people about personal responsibility? Oh, okay, what you do as a juvenile doesn't matter at all. You are free of any consequences ....

STUPID! That kind of bullshit thinking has been leading us down a very nasty little path for quite some time now. Now, I'm not saying that everything you do as a child should haunt you for the rest of your life, because it shouldn't. You have to make mistakes to learn and you really do need to do some stupid shit to learn sometimes. Often, that can make you a better person. But it brings about change in someone because there are consequences, sometimes quite long-reaching ones.

If we were to ever put a system in place upon which you became a "new" person without researchable history at 18 or 21, I think the consequences on society would be alarming.

Why not be proactive? Why not TEACH children and young people today what is and isn't good to share with the world? Why shouldn't adults be teaching younger people this now?

Lame, Mr. Schmidt. Short-sighted and LAME.

But any more, I don't expect much from the CEO of Google. It seems once a company reaches a certain "tipping point" in size, estimated worth and popularity (of use, not how much people "like" it) ... it becomes short-sighted, somewhat stupid ... and generally speaking, somewhere between evil and short on concern for the people they claim to serve/service.

Posted by Red Monkey at August 19, 2010 5:46 AM | Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Tara R. said:

My daughter told me that when Rush is underway at her college, sorority officers untag or remove 'questionable' photos on their Facebook pages to avoid conflicts with parents checking the sororities their incoming freshmen are pledging.

Whatever happened to just not posting photos that can taint reputations in the first place?

I'm with you though... with today's technology, there is really no way to totally escape your past.

August 19, 2010 10:02 AM


Amanda Tromley said:

I remember when I was 13 and we got our first PC... Of course the internet wasn't nearly as graphic-intensive as it is now (darn dial up connections), but I remember Dad talking to us kids about the importance privacy, not giving out potentially identifying information and conducting ourselves in the same manner as if we were talking to someone in person. And of course, we were only allowed to be online for an hour a day on the weekends, and we were monitored. Apparently, parents don't have that conversation with kids anymore or pay any attention to what they are doing online...

August 22, 2010 2:53 PM
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