Front Page of the New York Times…


My dad used to say to us growing up:

“Act as if what you are doing will be on the front page of the New York Times.”

In an analog era, there was some, but not much risk of that happening. In a digital era, the exposure opportunity on the scale (or beyond) of the NYT is omni-present…and it is going to affect EVERYTHING.


Some are paranoid about a “police state” or intrusive government, but more than that, it’s your fellow citizens who will expose your individual and/or corporate behavior.


Remember the $1800 video I took? That’s one example.


Today (HT: Seth Godin), I offer up some interesting/disturbing videos from the classroom. Teachers are now on the front page of the NYT.


What I may tell my kids as an updated version:


“Act as if what you are doing will be on YouTube”

Comments (3)

  1. Scott McLeod says:

    A number of people today think being on YouTube is a measure of fame and/or success, no matter what the act required to get there. Sadly, I’m not sure "Act as if what you are doing will be on YouTube" is a deterrent for many…

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    True, it may not be a deterrent, but as long as that is the filter….it’s an awareness thing. Those teachers didn’t connect the dots that their behavior might be on YT