Online Nice Guy Justin Long and the Internet Writer's Oath

We live in a world of deadlines, and the online world has only increased the number of those self-imposed and work-dictated deadlines. If you're not racing to be the first person to break the news, you're racing to be the first person to write the best commentary on it. We don't thoughtfully examine a controversial tweet and pause for a few hours to consider our response. We jump on it -- shooting from the hip (and sometimes taking casualties when words are spewed without thinking things through to their ends). If something is hot, you post it immediately rather than letting it sit in your draft folder over night. And sometimes, our desire to be first, to be clever, to be the most read leads to flame wars. ...more

Don't know so much about the oath but I do think this post is important. It is difficult as a ...more