“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

Bob Dylan

With all the online search engines currently available to us, we are suddenly imbued with investigatory superpowers unimaginable before.

Google is magic.  Once, if you wanted to research you had to get off your butt consult an expert, comb an index, navigate library stacks. Now, with a mere keystroke presto–data is delivered to you.  And you don’t have to exit your home or even your chair.

But what responsibilities do we have around these new freedoms?

Especially as it concerns the privacy of others.

The murder of the McStay family of four is an unfathomable tragedy, but this case also presents as the poster-child for careless blogging. Innocent people, who may not even realize it, have had their lives placed on public display by those more interested in salacious gossip, than relevant facts.

And this case has enough facts to keep the most avid justice-seeker busy for years. So why? Why would anyone attempt to interject innuendo where the facts alone suffice?

What responsibility does the blogging community have to the lives of those we are curious about?  Especially to those who did not choose to join the conversation.