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The Moving Finger

September 30, 2022

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

― Omar Khayyám

Most of us have heard this quote sometime in our lives. Authors hear it in their heads every day. It’s our daily motivation and what keeps us focused. We also respect the parameters that are given in these lines, namely that writing is forever. We understand this and embrace it.

However, a new generation or two of writers are upon us, writing away on social media with great fervor. That is a wonderful thing but this new bunch often fails to recognize that writing on the internet is forever and ultimately retrievable at any instant. A few cases in point:

Johnny doesn’t like a fellow student in high school so he writes on Facebook that he is a “fuck face.” Aside from the obvious lack of maturity, it important for Johnny to know that that comment will be out there until he hits the dirt. I’m guessing sometime in the next few decades, he’s going to wish there was a big delete button in the sky. Trouble is, there isn’t one!

In the heat of the moment, Susie writes a Twitter rant in which she condemns all Republicans to hell and says she has renounced her American citizenship. Three decades later, this same Susie wants to apply for a job at the State Department and is now married to a prominent Republican judge. Whoops! That background check just coughed-up a not so good hair ball.

Virtually everything that is put on the internet is there for eternity. It may not be readily available but any determined person can find it sooner or later. Yes, social media accounts can be “scrubbed.” However, digital traces remain and a good detective can almost always retrieve them.

Moral of the story? THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE!  Remember:

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

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