In the post, I compared the appearance of a proposed JPMorgan Chase bank branch for our neighborhood to the ominous appearance of a certain concentration camp's entrance.
I added pictures of both to drive home the point and the vague similarity in appearance.
At best, the reference was a cheap shot. At worst it was an odious, outrageous comparison. Somewhere in the middle it was in poor taste, however true.
When I alerted a well-known local blogger to the community’s reaction to Chase's desire to open shop here, he discovered my deleted post and managed to exhume it.
As best I can figure, he dredged it back to life from someone’s trash cache.
In any case, the "dead" post now lurching around cyber space has been read by more viewers than it ever was in life.
Call it a cyber-zombie. Grim, haunting, shocking to some and embarrassing to me, it has taken on a life after death.
There’s a morbidly familiar lesson here. Once loose on the internet, any message is impossible to contain. There’s even an ad on TV these days of a guy who makes the mistake of unintentionally “replying all.” The only solution is for him to dash around snatching computers from the hands of his friends and colleagues.
Fortunately, my error was not that egregious and I did apologize. The apologetic post survives.
I suppose the lesson I’ve learned was worth the penalty of my on-going discomfort.
The lesson? In cyberspace, "deleted" messages can become more alive, famous and dangerous once they have been “killed.”