Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Curse of Job and blogging 

The Book of Job makes a pithy point on the theme raised by Charlote Gore:

"Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book."

I suspect that Job would pray that his adversdary had a blog, if such a thing had occured to him. If you are someones adversary and also Vince Cable, writing a book is likely to be of little comfort to their hostile researches. For the rest of us there are potential goldmines to exploit.

Congressional Quarterly in the USA is exploring a similar theme, noting the devastating effects of unwary facebook disclosures in campaigns now unrolling. (facebook: opposition research dream come true. CQ 26 June 2009)

It quotes one research company

“It’s a godsend for us,” said Jason Stanford, president of Stanford Research. “Most times you have to get someone’s enemies to give you an embarrassing photo. Now, candidates themselves are posting them on the Internet ....There’s a way to live your life publicly but not stupidly and the Internet generation is late to the discretion party,” Stanford said.

I suspect that the same may be true of adventurous blog posts.

(It is Job 31:34 if you are scrabbling for the exact reference).

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