Are you suffering from: The Streisand Effect

Why is it that the more we try to hide or repress information, the more it's bound to be known by everybody and their brother?

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor -
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Those super clandestine relationships in the office are always public knowledge; any highly embarrassing and compromising piece of information is the first thing to get posted on the internet. The term 'Streisand Effect' was invented to describe the attempt by the singer to prevent aerial shots of her house being published. The more effort she put into banning them, the quicker they circulated around the world. The same can be said for any exciting titbit of office gossip. Anything that remotely sounds salacious gets out, no matter how many attempts are made to prevent it. We all know that papers marked 'confidential' are always the first to be leaked to the press. The cure is to do nothing, see nobody and avoid interesting people and activities at all costs.


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