The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, said Belo terminated the employees in October 2004 as part of a workforce reduction program. They included writers, editors and artists. The lawsuit said the company told the employees that their positions were being eliminated, but they later learned that Belo replaced them with younger employees.
…The suit accuses Belo of interference with pension plan benefits, failure to disclose material information and severance information, age discrimination and conspiracy to defraud.
The awesome thing about blogging is that anyone can do it at any age, as long as they can reach a computer keyboard. There are even mommy and daddy bloggers who podcast recordings of their babies, sometimes even writing in their voice if their babies could speak, so who says keyboard access is still required. Especially with the advancing technology in voice recognition software!
I know economics matter to a business, but age shouldn’t. So many bloggers are creating their own persona on their blogs, so while you may feel like you “know” them, the odds are that you don’t know if they are black, white, pink, yellow, or green. Or 12, 20, or 96. A lot of the time you don’t know if they are male or female. You don’t know where they live, and even if you do, do you know only the country or know exactly the specific town or neighborhood?
Barriers are being dropped all over the place as people realize they have a voice through their blogs. Blogs give people a freedom not only to express themselves, but to express themselves freely of many prejudices and judgments people make when meeting or seeing them.
Not all bloggers stay anonymous. Many put their photographs on their blogs, including pictures of their family and children, house, dogs, cats, cars, and vacation adventures. Most maintain some sort of privacy check to keep the “wrong” people from finding out too much.
Still, do you know how old I am? Do you even care? Would it make a difference to you if I were 16 or 66? With so many countries in Europe and North and South America with a growing majority of “older” folks who are proving they still have life beyond 50, how much should age really matter? Does it matter to you when you read a blog?
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