Monday, February 27, 2012

HUNG BY MY OWN PETARD!

In this morning's blog, which I already took down, I was speaking about the transparency of our computer age and why we need to be more careful about what we say and do in cyber space.

My wife, who is usually a cheerleader of my blog, became an instant jeer leader and I took it down. For those who read it already, I apologize if it offended you in any way. Please know I am Jewish, so I wasn't being anti-Semitic, just anti-semantic of those who embarrass themselves and their families by inappropriate behaviors and words on emails, texts and tweets—especially brilliant people in other domains and especially those who are in the public eye.

However, the way I choose to express those feelings may have led people to think I wasn't following my own advice. It shows how easy it is to get carried away and lose sight of the implications of our words and deeds. Fortunately, I could press delete and be done with it. It doesn't always work out that easily or simply and sometimes the consequences are huge!

For those unfamiliar with the title phrase, it comes from Shakespeare and refers to a primitive bomb (petard) that often blew up in the owner's face. I can't help but wonder why he mixed metaphors—one is not hung by a bomb—but hey who am I to argue with a man of his talent or for that matter, who am I to argue with my wife.

So for those who read my earlier blog I am sorry if it offended you. For those who didn't get to read it I bet you wish you did. The early bird....


Bye For now,

Bill

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