The Karen Owen Powerpoint incident blew up more than Duke University graduate Karen Owen ever could have imagined.
The Duke University scandal is a huge wake-up call for girls on what not to do!
What started as a joke for a few friends to see, Karen Owen’s thesis-type Powerpoint slideshow rated her intimate encounters with men on Duke University’s campus. But the joke quickly took a turn for the worst, as the list was forwarded to others and eventually was leaked online for the world to see.
It looks like Karen Owen seriously underestimated the role the internet can play in something that was seemingly funny to her and friends, with the Powerpoint presentation quickly going viral and damaging Owen’s reputation, bringing bad press to Duke University, and embarrassing the Duke athletes involved in the scandal.
Not only are Karen Owen’s promiscuous activities scandalous, but her idea of collecting “data” and documenting her encounters for her joke thesis is pretty deplorable – factor in the impact of her joke hitting the internet and… well, it’s not pretty.
This Karen Owen scandal is yet another example of how email and the internet can do damage to information that was only intended for a small audience.
Girls and young women have long turned to diaries and journals to document thoughts, feelings and events in a very private way for their eyes only. Girls need to continue to maintain their privacy and keep a high level of personal standards.
Private information needs to stay that way in this case, the information was damaging to everyone’s reputation who was involved.
Hopefully this will be an important lesson in privacy.