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Rep. Weiner’s Sexting Scandal: Crash Course on Netiquette

Anthony Weiner In light of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sex­ting scan­dal, it is a good time for a neti­quette refresher course. Proper neti­quette can be bro­ken down to two sim­ple rules.

The first being that what­ever you send will never go away. Whether it is a Face­book post, a tweet, a text, an email, or some other form of elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, there will always be a record of it some­where. As such, it can always come back to bite you.

The sec­ond reminder being that before you hit send think about what your mother would say about what you have writ­ten. If the woman who brought you into the world would be embar­rassed or upset by your mes­sage, you prob­a­bly should not send it.

Rep. Weiner’s error in judg­ment vio­lated these two sim­ple rules. On top of this, he exac­er­bated the prob­lem by lying about it. What started out as an error in judg­ment exploded into a full scale national scan­dal that raised even more ques­tions. By sex­ting, did Rep. Weiner cheat on his wife? That is a ques­tion to be answered between Rep. Weiner and his wife. Does sex­ting neg­a­tively impact Rep. Weiner’s job per­for­mance? That is a ques­tion to be answered by his con­stituents. What can be answered is that hav­ing taken this neti­quette refresher course you should real­ize that there is an elec­tronic record of your com­mu­ni­ca­tions and you are bet­ter off admit­ting guilt and suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences than try­ing to cover it up and fac­ing a harsher penalty down the road.

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