Tim at Lonely Man’s Blog gots fired for blogging.
Yep, after 6 1/2 years I got fired today for the internet activities I mentioned here.
And it was specifically mentioned that the theme of my blog surfing being religion was against their diversity principles and that someone somewhere in the company might become offended. I usually went to Catholic blogsites when at work. They also sited my involvement with Lonelygirl15 as an issue. But I never went to any site of hers. I posted a comment to a Catholic blog (BettNet.com) about her and read a news article discussing her. My department head said that that was age-inappropriate.
Not knowing the details of his company’s policy on at-work internet use I can’t say whether this was against their written policy. I know most companies do have some policy that allows people to use the internet at work for non-work related surfing. Most of the restrictions are usually related to so-called adult sites and my own company specifically restricts blogging. Though I am always too busy writing code and generally geeking out to do any recreational web surfing anyway at work.
If they specifically objected to Catholic blogsites as being against diversity principles, then this seems to be a pretty broad brush. Could you only surf syncretistic sites? Specifying Lonelygirl115 as not being age appropriate is rather silly considering that this was a faux project setup by a New York film school graduate that mocked religious homeschooling parents. The whole thing does seem to be rather heavy handed and something that should have been handled in a way other than firing.
Tim could certainly use your prayers right now.