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Note July 23, 2008

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More than once in my short time as editor, I've been asked to remove or amend some or all of a story on our Web site. People, it seems, are just cluing in to the fact that one little gaffe, one momentary lapse in judgment—or, as is often argued, sheer bad luck—may fade with time and distance in the real world, but in cyberspace, even the most ancient and miniscule of mistakes requires but a few keystrokes to emerge. Google anyone—a prospective employee, a boss, a date, your friends—and you may find out more than they're willing to share. With that has come a long list of questions, among them, do we now live in a world in which our mistakes are forever etched on the Web, and is that right or wrong?