In an earlier post I talked about Perez Hilton’s public lynching on Gawker.com. I have just been informed of another, similar incident, but one far more terrifying.
At least Perez Hilton, while having been outed for arrogance and spiteful dialogue with a PR professional, probably doesn’t have much to worry about in terms of reputation damage from this incident. For this young lawyer, however…I would say I pitied her, but she brought it on herself.
Although in the article she says she plans to go into business for herself, I have a feeling success is not in her future. You don’t piss off your community of colleagues and then expect to get ahead. The support of your peers is an important component of career advancement. And if her entrepreneurial efforts fail and she starts knocking on doors for job opportunites, this e-mail fiasco could slam them in her face. It will be interesting to track her career arc after this mishap.
Whether you are a new PR professional or a recent law school grad, always promote yourself with integrity and professionalism, and don’t let an emotional response tarnish your reputation.