Showing too much skin is never attractive.
By suncpo on Jan 22, 2008
A quick thought relating to an interesting discussion thread on one of the data policy affinity groups.
The debate began as one of ethics & I pose that question to you out there in the web wilderness:
Is it \*ethical\* to include a search of a potential student/ politician/ employee social networking activities & to include the results of that search in a decision making matrix?
What if the individual never intended the information to be public but shared it intentionally anyway?
What if the data is about legal activities clearly outside of the realm of the academic/ public duties/ employment context?
The answers to these questions are emerging & deserve a longer discussion than I'm in the mood for at the minute, but I thought I would share this interesting perspective from one of the group members (& I quote the idea, not the exact quote):
"The content and context of the disclosure almost don't matter. What matters to me is that this person has made a judgment call that this kind and sensitivity of disclosure is okay. That it is okay for that individual in a personal capacity still makes me question their judgment. This is not someone I would hire if I had other options."
Bottom line, over disclosure may imply bad judgment whether that assumption is true or false.
Trouble is, of course, that your definition of over exposure may be wildly, generationally or culturally different from mine.
To finish this light thought for tonight, I have a silly story exposing a bit of my past life working at a patent litigation firm.
There were almost no women at our firm and thus was I selected to be the lucky person to inform one of the staff that her clothes were a bit (okay outrageously) too revealing. (None of the guys were asked to have this little chat & may, in truth, have been hoping that my little heart to heart with this gal would be unsuccessful.) Since I billed out by the hour & was judged thereby I decided to cut to the chase & just put it to her like this:
"Here's the deal. You have a lovely figure and we have all seen enough of it to be in full agreement on this point. You have seen the written dress code. (We \*had\* one which was a bit weird considering that we were all well out of grammar school.) Here's the bottom line-- so to speak. When you are getting dressed to come to work, if you can't fit underwear \*under\* your clothing, the clothing is too small. If we can see any part that should be covered by said underwear, your bad judgment \*and\* your booty will be hanging out."
Now, \*I\* thought these guidelines were relatively straightforward, but I think she just went out & bought smaller undies. Go figure. Social networking policies, like corporate dress codes, may be the subject of interpretation for some time to come!
A light thought...