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Speechless by Bruce Barry

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EIGHTSpeech in the Digital Age

MEG SPOHN TAUGHT CLASSES at the Westminster, Colorado, campus of DeVry University, a for-profit company, until Monday, December 12, 2005, when she was called into a dean’s office, fired on the spot, and escorted to her car by someone from human resources. Spohn was told she was being sacked because of disparaging comments in her personal online blog about DeVry and its students. Spohn, who characterized any nonpositive comments she might have made about DeVry as “water-cooler kvetching,” insists she never disparaged students online. She was fired without any warning, discussion, or disciplinary procedure, and DeVry never identified any specific posted content as the cause of her trouble.1 Spohn later wondered ...

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