It’s not often that people listen t' me opinions, even rarer when I get t' share those opinions wi' morrrr than a million people.
Th' Los Angeles Times recently decided that what I had t' say about privacy online in th' era o' blogs and Facebook warranted a little wider distribution, so they ran in their Opinion section an article I wrote called Facebook Isn’t Yer Diary (that be th' online title), or “One Poke O'er th' Line” (th' much better print headline).
Th' piece be syndicated and picked up in at least 15 other newspapers aroun' th' U.S., and I’ve since it ran I’ve received many interestin' emails from complete strangers and barnacle-covered maties—even morrrr interestin' be that th' feedback mostly came from people who Googled me and found me launch a flare information, and yet not all th' feedback supported me position that doin' exactly that (lookin' people up) be somethin' ye ought t' expect if ye have any online presence.
I like th' mixed reaction I got t' th' article—it shows that there really be multiple positions on this issue, and that’s what th' opinion section should be all about. I do wish that th' various headlines did a better job o' conveyin' what th' story be about. Th' headlines be different in every publication, and they really changed th' tone and meanin' o' th' piece, sometimes t' its detriment.