In what was generally, at first at least, viewed as a wise move, comedian Trevor Noah was named to replace Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show”. The praise lasted for a few hours, until a number of news outlets including Fusion and the New York Daily News began detailing what they view as the comedian’s scandalous and inappropriate Twitter history.
Note that the tweet above, which appeared in the Fusion article, is from 2011. One of the tweets mentioned goes back to 2009. There is no statute of limitations on regrettable things that you post online, especially if they are retweeted by one or more of your followers.
Noah will probably get a free pass here – he is a professional comedian and “The Daily Show” does play fast and loose. You might even think that off-color humor is acceptable. It doesn’t matter what you or I think, what matters is how the powers that be view a candidate’s reputation as it impacts their reputation.
When it comes to parenting, it is tempting to assume that as long as your teen doesn’t aspire to some high profile gig like a talk show host, you have nothing to worry about. We disagree. Most employers will look online to glean some insight into the “real” person that they are about to hire. As we have written before, if you don’t get the job (or scholarship, or grant or award) because of your digital footprint, you’ll probably never hear the real reason.
The only wise course of action is to clean up your online activity before it has a chance, even a remote one, of being a problem.
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