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Tuesday, December 20, 2021

In case anyone’s forgotten, your blog is a potentially self-damaging public (and permanent, even when altered) record. I’m thinking one Blake Ranking won’t be able to forget this, as the Central Florida teen was forced to plead guilty to DUI manslaughter charge after state prosecutors found his confession on his blog, contradicting his subsequent denials.

I really wonder how long it’s going to take for people to figure out that EVERYONE can find your online mutterings, no matter how obscure they might think they are. It’s not rocket science: If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t put it on the Web in the first place. It’s going to be sniffed out by Google, and from there, it’s archived forever (or practically so). Deleting doesn’t change that, as Ranking’s experience showed.

Not that I think Ranking’s biggest mistake was in blowing his cover; obviously, he’s guilty of a crime, and that’s what ultimately matters here. Still, I think this is another demonstration of the inability to fully experience an event unless you recount it:

It’s not enough to actually participate in the action; you have to imbue it with a final legitimacy by relating it to another person. It can be in the form of simple conversation, or confession, or even bragging, as long as the story is told. Often, even a person who was present during the event is eligible, even if it’s only to compare notes.

It’s human nature — as a species, we’re compulsive blabbermouths. Consequently, it’s also why so few people are capable of truly keeping a secret.

Ultimately, we sabotage ourselves. Blogs are just another method of doing so.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/20/2005 08:26:05 PM
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