Thoughtcrime at Dooce.com

This is pretty shocking. Heather Hamilton has lost her job because she keeps an online journal.

Never mind the fact that she is an extremely talented and creative designer as well as one of the best writers on the web, bar none - she’s thinking a little too different, apparently.

Of course, she’d still have her job if she didn’t insist on actually using her free time creatively. Why couldn’t she just go to the gym, watch TV and consume brand name products like a good little worker bee?

The hypocrisy of the New Media economy makes me spit. These oh-so-hip companies will extoll the virtues of their "young, dynamic, creative" teams and give them all the "freedom" to get paid in stock options. Just don’t try to create a union.

What’s really shocking is to see how a lot of people don’t have a problem with being completely at the mercy of an employer, whether in the workplace or out of it:

"When you agree to work for a corporation, you lose a few constitutional rights. That’s all. You can’t engage in parody."

To put a positive spin on all of this, it’s fair to say that Heather is better off not working for that boss and, hey, now that she has more free time, maybe she’ll write even more.

Have you published a response to this? :