We have been preoccupied for several weeks now with the weather and its attendant problems.
So every now and then I’ll get home from work, pour a glass of wine, and peruse some of the stories the details of which may have escaped my attention.
Such as the story of Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY).
I had never heard of this guy before Wednesday night, and neither did most of America. I knew just looking at the monitors that ring our newsroom that he sent a shirtless picture of himself to a woman, and had resigned his office.
So upon further review I learned about, and was completely and utterly amazed by two things: his incredible stupidity, and the speed with which events unfolded. This man’s career, and possibly his family life, came crashing down in three-and-a-half hours.
The internet opens doors for us that we couldn’t have possibly imagined just a few years ago. And it also slams doors shut in our faces when we use it, shall we say, injudiciously.
After all, Lee apparently knew better. He did once note that he proudly helped pass a bill that pointed out “…the dangers and unknowns associated with a medium that is growing by several billion web pages per day.” The internet.
I guess sometimes you just have to learn by doing.