16. March 2006 · Comments Off on Being Smart · Categories: imported, Ramble

I was watching some morning show today (that’s not connected to “being smart” in the title of this post!) and whatever show it was had a woman on, talking about the internet and all those trendy places high school and college students like to use. Friendster. MySpace. Facebook (although I’m not sure who can access what at that site). And of course Blogger. You know these, right? If you don’t you might check them out sometime just to see how foolish some people can be. I’ve gone to sites that kids have supplied freely via a message board at Jameson’s high school. (No, I don’t look at my own kids’ places, as I feel like that would be intrusive unless they invite me to see them OR, as I’ve warned Jameson, I see that something going on with him that is terribly awry and I need to interfere in his life.) But reading the few sites I’ve visited, it appears that some students will write about anything including behavior that is not to be bragged about. Whether it’s truth or fiction, they seem to think they can say anything, show anything (lots of, um, interesting and suggestive pictures there), and give specific details on their whereabouts and lives. I guess they think there will be no consequences.

This is not necessarily so.

As the woman on the show said, anything on the internet is there for all to see. It’s “fair game” if you ask me. So if a student posts, for instance, a bunch of stories about drinking, or cheating in school, it’s just conceivable that a college who is thinking about accepting that student might land on the site.

Yes. Really. They are doing searches on students. Or at least that’s what the woman said. I don’t believe everything I hear on TV. Honest. It’s just that if I occasionally do silly searches on names, why wouldn’t a college?

And why wouldn’t an employer?

Apparently employers are doing searches as well. They will search on job applicant’s names. They will look at Frendster and MySpace and if they find behavior they don’t care for they just might not hire an otherwise qualified applicant.

Does this seem fair? Probably not to anyone who posts foolish things on those sites! But fair or not, what one puts up on a site can come back to haunt and harm.

So be smart. If you wouldn’t want an employer, a teacher, or maybe even a parent to read something, you might consider removing certain things from your little place.

If you think you are anonymous, forget about it! I’ve figured out who many anonymous bloggers are. It’s difficult to keep your identity a secret if someone is determined to figure you out.

I’ve mentioned before that I won’t name names here. I will never put down a colleague. I won’t tell you when I think a conductor or fellow musician is a jerk (although maybe I’ve never worked with a jerk. Hmmm. What do you think?!) I won’t gossip (and believe me, I could really excel in that if I chose to). And I don’t care to write about something that might cause hurt or harm to others. I try not to write about anything that will cause hurt or harm to myself. Have I succeeded? I’m not sure. I do write about my failings and my insecurities and I suppose that some would say that I, as a performer, should never admit those things. But this site is, I hope, a little bit of a view into a professional musician’s life. I want it to be honest. I will never lie here. Or at least I try to never lie. I just have to be careful about how much truth I tell!

Okay. I’m done. Really. Lecture over. I just hate to see poor choices in InternetWorld cause a person to have bad things happen to him or her. That’s all.

Now back to music topics. Those are more fun!

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