15 March 2002

Okay, so the woman now writing Dear Abby — a forum with a decades-long illusion of confidentiality, if not the weight of the usual journalistic traditions entirely behind it — turns in one of her correspondents to the cops, and now she’s upset that they betrayed her confidence? It’s an interesting ethical question, but the ethical interest doesn’t detract from the fact that the woman’s an idiot.

15 March 2002

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