September 29th, 2007
Probably not but in anycase I found an interesting news article on that topic that is definitely worth sharing.
Recently Nintendo of America has fired a contracted employee from their division for a blog that they have been running. Their personal blog contains various posts that aren’t very encouraging from an employers perspective(the usual over opinionated offensive rant from your typical trashy MySpace blog). Infact one of their posts distastefully describes their opinion of their former boss.
The interesting part here is that the writer goes by an alias and not by their real name. Although the site does contain photos of he person in question. She also never mentions anything about her work life at all. So from where I see it, I reckon that the comments on her boss would have been the key issue at hand.
Perrin Kaplin commented on the incident stating that:
“we generally don’t encourage them. However [Zenner] was expressly discouraged from doing what she did. I’ve seen everything that she’s written and it’s really not work appropriate.”
So do you think that Nintendo are justified here? The blog itself had no relevance to her work life, despite being rather distasteful. I think that its just a case of revenge from her boss because of the comments that she posted on her blog. Have Nintendo gone too far here? Is there no such thing as freedom of speech? Tell me what you think.