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WSJ, cyber-shaming, and limited privacy

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  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    Ms. Alkon was gutless. She should have simply alerted Ms. Burgess in person that her phone call at that place and time, in that manner, was rude (assuming, of course, that something like cell phone etiquette–social norms–are emerging).

  2. Amy Alkon says:

    Sorry, but if there’s anything I am, it isn’t gutless.

    And as for “alerting” Ms. Burgess…the week before, I “alerted” somebody at Trader Joe, and the woman’s boyfriend screamed, “Up your ass! Up your ass!”

    Must I really interact with other adults to tell them to “use your inside voice”?

    You’ve got to admit, it’s unlikely the woman will EVER have a loud conversation in public again…and she most certainly won’t dispense information she doesn’t want others to be in possession of.

    And furthermore, shouting something out in public, where you know total strangers can hear and do what they wish with the information, is a far different story from the example posted above. FYI, I’ve read the law in California. My big question is whether I can post somebody’s recorded voice on my blog (when they’re shouting on a cell phone in public.)

    Most hilariously, last week, in Birmingham, Michigan, three idiots pitching the Audi account had the loudest business meeting imaginable. A guy (wearing “noise canceling” headphones) and I heard every word. I know the first and last name of the woman who’s a “power tripper” and pretty much everything about their pitch. They’re just lucky I was too busy struggling with a Wifi problem (the place didn’t coordinate well with Macs) to take notes and pass the information on to a friend of mine who does advertising for car companies. And that I wasn’t Karen’s best friend, and I didn’t e-mail her every word.

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