BW Posted February 15, 2006 Report Share Posted February 15, 2006 (edited) Think of this as a public service announcement. Most of you have probably read Mel Johnson's sage advice that as members of this discussion forum, we should all conduct ourselves as though we are attending a "Victorian tea party" - in other words that we must remain within the bounds of "polite society" and that, while we may disagree, we must remember to contain our emotions and follow "The Golden Rule" , i.e., do unto others as you would have them do unto you - in this case - in writing. I'm going to add to this, some might say, old fashioned image an up-to-date spin by reminding us all of the truism that when one writes something on the Internet, be it on a discussion board, a blog, an online bulletin board, an instant message or, even, in an email, one should only write what one would feel comfortable seeing emblazoned across the front page of "the" newspaper. Because the ease of the Internet offers such fast access to and sharing of information, I think it's often easy to forget that we're not in a vacuum when we post. As parents we all care deeply about our children, that's a given , but we must remember in our descriptions of auditions or performances or summer intensives, that when we relate these experiences we must take particular care when we choose to describe situations that include students - because we are either talking about our own children or someone else's children. So let's choose our words with care. How would we feel if they recognized themselves in our posts, especially if what they read could be construed by them as something negative or unkind? Although I'm sure not one of us would willfully hurt or offend our own children or anyone else's publically , it can happen inadvertently when we forget that the ballet world is a small one and is often made more intimate because of this online community. How's that for a long version of: think before you post. Edited February 15, 2006 by BW Quote Link to comment
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