THE FACEBOOK PHENOMENON GOES HORRIBLY WRONG
BUT THE RESULTS SEEM PRETTY PETTY
I'll quickly admit that I'm becoming a dinosaur. I find myself saying "that never would have happened with tape," because we recently went to an all-computerized editing system.
So I never got down with the My Space craze. And my fears were validated when I was talking with Tony Romo about how cool it was that he talked to fans on his My Space page. Tony immediately said, "I don't have a My Space page." I was always afraid someone could pose as you...and here he's confirming it!
Well, this all changed because I've become a total sucker for Facebook. New friends, old friends, HS buddies I haven't talked to in 20 years, and people I've barely talked to at all...they're all on there..
But I make sure I never put any personal views or controversial statements on it....one news reporter in another state recently bashed the police chief, and that Chief obviously used it to his benefit to say the reporter was biased.
Now comes the case of a stadium worker fired by the Eagles. Dan Leone worked as a west gate chief...and he was upset that the team let longtime fan favorite Brian Dawkins walk away as a free agent, and sign with the Broncos. Well, old Dan went to his Facebook page and posted, quote, "Dan is (bleeping) devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver....Dam Eagles R Retarted.!"
Well, Dan was fired. He admits that he was wrong and shouldn't have put it up there. But he also says he apologized 20 million times, and they terminated him over one mistake. And the Eagles did it over the phone.
My take? Yes, he should have been reprimanded. But the Eagles look STUPID in all this. What maybe 50-75 people tops read on Dan's Facebook page...is now not only a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, but a national story. Millions know what happened now...and it makes the Eagles look petty and small.
Ever have a similar situation with your employer? Where does free speech end, and employer's rights begin? Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org