September 12, 2006

Schwarzenegger Situation

The Governator is facing another crisis. It seems his computer was hacked, and some audio files were stolen. These files were recordings of private meetings in the Governator's office.

Here are some things to remember:

1. If you want it kept private, then don't put it on a computer! Especially if the computer is on a network. (Google: confidential "do not distribute" to see other examples of brilliance.)

2. If you don't want to apologize later for something you said, then don't say it in the first place. This goes along with the advice mom used to give, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all." But more importantly, as followers of Jesus Christ, we must keep a close watch over our tongue. James warns all who would be disciples here and here to keep watch over what we say. Jesus gives a similar warning.

3. Just because the media has possession of something does not mean they have a "responsibility" to share it. It is irresponsible of a media source to do what they have done; especially since the material was stolen. I know media outlets have a "responsibility" to inform their listeners/readers/whatever, but if they use stolen property, they should be held to legal ramifications of their actions. If someone stole a car and let me "use" it, then I can go to jail for possession of stolen property. We are arguing in the courts that intellectual property is equally protected from theft, and prosecuting 13 year olds for downloaded music. The same should be held for those who stole the file in the first place, and for those who used it in their report.

1 comment:

  1. Yep. What he said...

    It's being drilled into my head lately, every single word I speak must be words of LIFE. EVERY SINGLE WORD.

    Until more flesh is burnt out of me, I'll be the quiet one in the corner.