“What happens to you here is forever,” O’Brien had said. That was a true word. There were things, your own acts, from which you could never recover.
Coen said it didn’t matter that those targeted in the articles were minors.
“So they need to learn, everybody needs to learn here that there’s no divide between real life and online. What you say online is just as important as what you say in real life. So I don’t think it matters what actually happens to the kids at the schools per se. We’re not acting as judges or juries. Our responsibility is just to the story.”
I’m so old, I remember when it was conservatives who were in favor of expanding the scope and severity of punishments for minors. That’s cute, though, the way she invokes journalistic neutrality when convenient. Does working at Gawker Media make you a soulless pageview whore, or does the job itself just naturally select for such people? Kind of a “chicken and the egg” argument.