The OC Blog Back Issues Our Mission Contact Us Masthead
Sudsy Wants You to Join the Oregon Commentator

On The Modern Police State

While I’m at it, this editorial is hilarious:

Writing about alcohol-fueled endeavors on your blog or posting a photo of yourself peeing on public buildings on Facebook may seem like a private act…

Yes, it might, if you are very, very stupid.

Unfortunately, the question is not whether students deserve a right to privacy in their online communications…

Unfortunately? It’s a non-issue. You have a (limited) right to privacy in your online communications. You may, however, choose to waive this right by posting material in a public forum. I feel stupid even having to point this out, but your Facebook profile is not a private online communication. The lack of privacy is kind of the point. Otherwise, people wouldn’t be able to read it. And I’m not just using lots of italics to emphasize this fact, I am also pounding my fist on the table, although that might not be audible from this far away.

Coming soon from the ODE editorial board: fire is hot and will burn you if you stick your hand in it – unfortunately, the question is not whether students are flammable.

  1. Brandon says:

    And don’t forget Jeb!

  2. WWB says:

    Yes, but gulags don’t have alligators. Nor Dave Barry.

  3. Timothy says:

    Damn, Florida is like a gulag!

  4. Ian says:

    Speaking of police states, you can’t even operate a mobile strip club in Florida anymore!

  5. Olly says:

    Ha! Nice one.

  6. Ian says:

    …but we should outlaw matches.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.