and The Tragedy of Mozilla
I’ve been following the case about Mozilla’s ex-CEO, feeling strangely uneasy about it. This article consolidates the details about the way things have been going, and articulates it quite succinctly. There are a few issues I find myself thinking about, and this case seems to bring quite a few of them together in an uncanny way.
These issues are:
- The lynch mob psychology of the internet and its ability to effect real world change. The latter is a good thing, if we aren’t so quick to jump to conclusions and make others’ issues our issue. I used to think that the prevalence of internet lynching was mainly in Singapore, with sites like Stomp and the recent “expulsion” of Anton Casey. With this, I see that it’s a worldwide thing. It’s a tendency of people, magnified by the internet. The fact is that people online have great collective power, and I’m not sure what we’re going to make of this.
- The role of responsible media in this. The press had quite a part to play in the way this unfolded, and the specific issue is, “should it have joined in?” The larger issue then, concerns a basic function of the press, that is to furnish info from the ones who know to the ones who don’t. Information as power. But is this attention necessary even for some cases? Case 1: If a religious extremist group calls for a hate rally, do you cover it or just leave them be? Case 2: If a company finds itself with a high-level internal crisis does the press respect the company’s civil autonomy, or turn it into the business of outsiders? I won’t even go into irresponsible reporting of facts.
- The line between personal and corporate lives. This line is getting blurred, if it exists at all. PR is not just about companies. Knowing communication is key; your life now as a personal exercise in image crafting, not for gain, but so there’ll be no missteps in this minefield. Like in point one, I’m scared in the way a man’s future was changed completely within a week by “grey-area” issues. I’m trembling even as I write this.
- Beyond tolerance to agenda. It’s one thing to fight for the rights of others. It’s another to wreak revenge on one who disagrees (on a personal level), by seeking damage to their future, their companies, and their families. It’s more than retaliation, it’s reverse-crucifixion.
It’s a war out there. Tread lightly.
why did I give up on my dreams.
why am I giving up on my dreams?