May 01, 2015

Social Media Ethics in the Age of Documented Mischief

Cynthia Sharp

You are what you share.
—C.W. Leadbeater

Newly admitted to the bar, Sharon treats herself to a well-deserved vacation at a remote and private destination. During her week of frolic, she documents her leisure activities by posting on Facebook numerous pictures of herself in various stages of undress, inebriation, and general mischief. Although her privacy settings were properly set, her “message” reaches an unintended audience because one of her high school friends shares the photos with all of her Facebook friends. Much to Sharon’s personal and professional embarrassment, the provocative photos spread like wildfire through her real-world and virtual communities.

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