A common debate in the post-Snowden world revolves largely around the constitutional right to privacy, whether communications monitoring is warranted, and the deeply un-American concept of big brother and big government.
Whether you’re Team Snowden or Team Colbert the NSA is not your only worry. From hashtag hijacking to trolling, there is no end to the ways in which social media can fuel the fire or make mountains out of mole hills. And while most of my generation adheres to the rule that you should never put anything online that could distort your grandmother’s image of you, there are some folks out there who seemed to have missed this lesson.
I am leading up to the recent case, heard in the court of public opinion, Blazek V. Mekota.
If you’re unfamiliar with this story, let me catch you up:
Kelly Blazek, ironically once named Communicator of the Year, received an invitation request via LinkedIn from Diana Mekota, a young professional seeking opportunities in Cleveland. Blazek responded with the following:
“We have never met. We have never worked together. You are quite young and green on how business connections work with senior professionals. Apparently you have heard that I produce a Job Bank, and decided it would be stunningly helpful for your career prospects if I shared my 960+ LinkedIn connections with you – a total stranger who has nothing to offer me.
Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky. Wow. I cannot wait to let every 26 year old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job.
I love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy Denying your invite, and giving you the dreaded, “I Don’t Know” […] because it’s the truth.
Oh, and about your request to actually receive my Job Bank along with the 7,300 other subscribers to my service? That’s denied, too.
I suggest you join other Job Bank in town. Oh wait – there isn’t one.
You’re welcome for your humility lesson for the year. Don’t ever reach out to senior practitioners again and assume their carefully curated list of connections is available to you, just because you want to build your network.
Don’t ever write me again.”
I know – I get waves of nausea reading it, too. Fortunately, upon receiving this carefully-worded reply, Mekota had the good sense to share this experience (read: vile reply) with the entire online community. Going viral, this post appeared on several feeds including twitter, Reddit and Buzzfeed.
While I’m usually opposed to cyber-bullying, I can’t help but believe Blazek has received her just desserts.
In the eternal words of Zoe Barnes, “Remember, these days, when you’re talking to one person, you’re talking to a thousand.” #gozoe