"Reputation is dead," writes
Michael Arrington. The Internet has created
a world where everyone's dirty laundry is flapping in the online wind. From
scandalous Facebook photos to anonymous message boards, few can escape a
thorough background check unscathed. But that's okay, argues the
influential founder of TechCrunch
. Society itself will adapt and
become much more tolerant of personal indiscretions:
The nonsense we’re all worried about today? I just don’t think it will
carry the same weight in a few years. Because if there are pictures of
the person hiring you smoking pot in college online, and there are
pictures of every other candidate smoking pot in college online, it just
won’t be a big deal any more.
Is reputation dead? Arrington's
musings launched a lively discussion about keeping and losing dignity in
the Internet age. To many, the loss of one's good standing isn't a fait
- Arrington Is Wrong, writes Frank Shaw at Glass House: "The answer
is not the death of reputation, but the realization that it is more
important than ever... A reputation of fairness, built over years, can’t
be undone by a Yelp review or random blog post. So the challenge is
simple – think about reputation as a long term thing, built and nurtured
and rebuilt time and time again. That is enduring. And important."
Responsible for Their Own Online Reputation, writes Ron Schenone at Locker Gnome:
"Online reputations do matter. Hopefully many of you who read this will
feel the same way. I have seen comments made here that because of their
vivid language and/or attacks to other readers were not fit to post and
were junked by myself. I believe these types of comments would reflect
on my reputation because someone could look at these comments as
something I either agree with or approve of...Arrington goes on to say
in his article that those who have a picture of them smoking pot will in
a few years not matter much. He is at least hoping this will be true.
But who decides what is right and what is wrong?"
- On the
Contrary, the Internet Can Save Your Reputation, writes venture
capitalist Fred Wilson: "While I agree 100% with
Mike that defending your reputation is getting increasingly difficult
because of social media, I also believe that social media is the key to
defending it and maintaining it... You can establish your reputation and
others will stand up for you as well."
- Arrington Is Right:
Reputation Is Dead, writes technology guru Dave Winer: "This is something I gave
up on long ago. There are too many people with too many axes to grind.
When competitors make public and personal accusations, how are
you going to respond, when customers are watching? It's a very low-road
way to compete. Not much you can but weather the storm, keep offering
the best service you can, figuring the smart customers will ignore the
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