I've given talks to several different companies and organizations about social media and one of the things I mention is that we are PAST (as in finito) with the supposed privacy era in human existence. Companies are always asking me about hiring practices (checking people's profiles) and whatnot. My rule: the person you are in real life should be the person you are in work life. Don't fake it because in 2014 and the years ahead, you will never make it. If you want privacy, you had better find a previous time in history to live in. Good luck. The fact of the matter is that the default setting, and not just for Facebook or Twitter or Instagram but for almost anything, is PUBLIC. Are you sure you didn't give the grocery store permission to share your purchase history? Are you certain every local, state, and federal Democrat or Republican organization didn't also get access to your email? Sure doesn't seem like it. What all this means is that we have now fully exited the privacy era and entered the disclosure era. That means when a fire starts to burn...(kidding, sorry I'm still in London). What this disclosure era means is that you should assume everything is public except what you go out of your way to make private and that anything you have not disclosed that may significantly impact your public persona can and may be used against you in the future. Some people may think I'm an over-sharer, but for me I'm just telling my own story and letting others form an opinion with more facts and less bullshit and rumormill stuff. I just went through a divorce and I didn't need to send a press release, but I also didn't need to pretend like my life has been a dream this last year or so, either. I am what and who I am, and there's no other version of me other than the one you experience in person. In my eyes, Donald Sterling isn't especially bigoted or racist because he's an NBA owner or that somehow he's fooled us all. He's been a noted racist for years if you look it up. He's just silly for failing to realize that his racist beliefs and plantation owner mentality would eventually be disclosed to the public (not just people in LA, but the entire world), whether he liked it or not, and that's solely because owning an NBA team is a very very public endeavor. Thus, the conflict he faced. A lot of people share Donald Sterling's beliefs. A lot of very wealthy and powerful people, I'm sure. But those people don't sit courtside next to rappers and athletes and watch basketball players (many of whom are Black) on a regular basis and expect to get through life with everyone thinking they are a good person. Who you are at the desk had better be who you are at the dinner table or at the park with your dog or at courtside with your wife. For Donald Sterling, we shouldn't be surprised that he is who he knew he was and if he, and everyone else, acknowledged the disclosure - rather than privacy - era we live in, he wouldn't be surprised by the fallout of the NBA and America finding out.