Last year, I thought it would be best to read blogs rather than write one. This year, I'm ready to participate in blog-chat.
2014 was a year full of online mishaps. People were suspended from, and lost their jobs due to emotional, opinionated posts. The most damaging email communication of the year was the incident involving the Fort Lee entry point to The George Washington Bridge. I've been stuck in traffic on that same bridge over the years, and this action seemed particularly vicious. However, I try to consider that when people have the power to cause a traffic jam, they may feel at ease doing just that.
Should I express and opinion about the SONY hack? Okay. The story about the cyber-attack on SONY is difficult to study because the first part of the scandal involves internal, professional online communication, not public posts. We should expect some form of electronic privacy in a place of business, and this incident proves that we can't. The emails mentioned in news stories were conversations between executives and should not have been published anywhere. As successful as the entertainment industry appears to be, I'm sure it is stressful to work in this environment, for the artists and the producers, and it must be routine to express frustration in-person or in an email. As far as we know, nothing illegal was distributed or expressed in any of the internal emails. I hope this part of the scandal will fall out of our media stream soon.
The bigger problem is the theft of copyright protected content and basic personnel files of the employees. I was disappointed when movie chains chose to give power to the threats against them for showing The Interview, and I also had sympathy. I might have been equally cautious if I owned a large movie theater chain.
A steel factory in Germany suffered from a cyber-attack with serious consequences. We need to consider how companies and institutions can handle online crime. I can't predict what to expect in 2015. Let's hope we can manage our adversities with less hysteria and more reason. Let's continue to be kind online.
All I can say with certainty is that I'll be posting again. So please, continue to stop by.
Things to view
I haven't seen this yet, but if you are curious, why don't you watch The Interview
Things to read