At one time, if we wanted to gossip about people, we gathered our friends together and had a good-ole gabfest.
Today when we gossip, there's often a paper trail. Or at least an electronic trail.
We think if we text or email or instant message our secrets to our closest friends, they'll never tell anyone. What we don't realize is they don't have to tell anyone. As we learned from the recent Sony hackings, the things you send go through servers that could, at any point, be infiltrated.
(Not to mention the fact that your friend's phone could easily end up in someone else's hands...)
Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal had a bad, bad December when emails she'd written about top celebrities were leaked by hackers. She called Angelina Jolie a "minimally-talented spoiled brat" and made racist comments about the President of the United States. All comments sent through email to a colleague. Now the world knows every word she wrote.
I'm sure we've all sent emails, texts, or instant messages to someone about someone. I'm sure we assumed they'd never be read. But even if a group of hackers doesn't infiltrate a bunch of servers and leak them, how sure are you that the information you put in writing will never be seen by the person you're writing about?
Remember, Amy Pascal was pretty sure...and now she's no longer with Sony Pictures.