In the digital public square debate is fast, emotional and instinctive; and arguments can be won by discrediting opponents rather than critical thinking.
Using the “sleeping dogs” idiom as a metaphor, this series considers how the permanence of our online activity influences the way we think and present ourselves.
As time passes and the opinion corridor narrows, the views we once expressed can become out of date or even offensive. Those long since forgotten online utterances are potential ammunition for future adversaries.
We’re left experiencing a tug of war between self-censorship and our own self-respect. Those sleeping dogs don’t lie forever, but do they tell the truth?