John Dvorak points out a way in which corporate lawyers’ mindless actions are often completely counterproductive:
Once something goes out on the Net, it gets copied and posted elsewhere. Even if the original is taken down, other versions appear immediately.
The legal profession has not adjusted to this new phenomenon, and as long as they are being paid by the billable hour, they figure the PR folks (also paid by the billable hour) can fix any problem.
The thinking seems to be a one-dimensional “we did our jobs,” CYA approach. Attorneys will claim that they were compelled to act to protect the client.
But if ruining a client’s image and reputation, and often turning it into a laughingstock is done in the name of “protecting,” then perhaps the legal profession should reconsider whether it’s being counterproductive.
I despise lawyers, with one or two exceptions possibly the most useless and treacherous creatures on the planet besides politicians. (It’s no accident that most politicans are lawyers.) What’s particularly annoying about them is how incredibly myopic most of them are; they blithely steam ahead in the confidence that a few years of law school indoctrination is a magic shield insulating them from having any need to pay attention to the real world.
They never seem to stop and think through the logic of what they constantly assert their sacred law, being mutable and wholly dependent upon whatever incantation is produced by the nearest priest-judge, must therefore be. Namely, that it is nothing but a protean fiction, a constantly morphing collective hallucination in which everyone feigns to believe.