Thursday, July 8, 2004
Thursday. July 8, 2004
Former Harvard Administrative Assistant Norah Burch says she was fired after university officials read her blog:
To me, blogging became a sort of electronic primal scream, one that saved the eardrums of my co-workers . . . until one day last month, when my boss read my blog. . . . [M]y employment was terminated, effective immediately. May 24 was my last day.
According to the Boston Globe,
these were the offending posts:
• "I'm two snotty emails from professors away from bombing the entire campus."
• "I was seriously livid today. I was ready to get a shotgun and declare open season on all senior faculty members an students who dared cross me."
Ouch. Although Burch says "I'm harmless! I was just venting! I never used last names!", she admits that when the posts were read aloud to her by a Harvard HR official, "the words made me sound like a pyscho."
Harvard officials discovered her blog because Burch included a link in her email signature block (along with a quote from feminist punk musician Kathleen Hanna). The Harvard Crimson
reports that Burch has deleted the contents of her blog, "replacing the archives with a single entry: 'Voyeurism is bad. Please go peep someplace else.," (For other media and blogosphere accounts, see here
, and here