I spent some time online looking for the old news articles and videos about one of my perps when he was arrested seven years ago after talking with one of my friends about various CSA perps we've known and heard about last week over coffee. Here's the thing: I couldn't find anything.
When I was in college, the career studies professor and others all made a big deal about keeping our online appearances clean because employers look around pretty throughly when they're researching job candidates because of the staying power of things on the internet and yet pretty much everything about the perp's vanished from sight. News articles from seven years ago have disappeared from newspaper websites unless you pay to search their archives and nothing's left from the radio and TV coverage. I couldn't get anything until I used some very specific search terms and only after refining that a couple of times, I was able to pull two articles from a TV network's website out of Google's cache. The text was complete but the pages didn't format properly because graphic elements that formatted the GUI were missing after being deleted years ago along with the videos that went with the story, including the one that had the news helicopter footage from above my parents' house.
I'm having trouble reconciling all the warnings about lack of privacy and evidence of past misdeeds online causing problems finding work when the truth is, let time pass - not even that much time - and even news stories about being a CSA perp fade away. If an average person not knowing what very specific terms to use punched in the guy's name, they'd never discover that he was a CSA perp. Clearly the internet's not the permanent record that it's made out to be, that's for sure.
If it's a choice between laughing or crying, I'd rather laugh.