• 那些不堪回首的“网”事
  • 发布时间:2016-04-24 20:49 | 作者:Jacob Brogan | 来源:新东方英语 2016年1期 | 浏览:1200 次
  •   人的记忆有限,这样的设定必然有其道理,毕竟有许多事我们不愿想起,宁愿它们随风而逝。然而,互联网的出现打破了这一默契,在帮助我们记录美好过往的同时,也将那些不堪回首的经历一并记录了下来。在搜索引擎不断进化的时代,一不小心,过去的自己可能就会出现在你的面前。这场毫无防备的邂逅带来的也许是甜蜜,但更多时候,则可能是尴尬、窘迫甚至麻烦。
      My first week of grad school, a few of my new peers already knew me by my publication record. I wasn’t a prodigy1): My writing hadn’t appeared in some prestigious scholarly journal. Instead, they’d Googled their way to an essay I’d written almost a decade before, one in which I enthusiastically declared my love for playing Dungeons & Dragons2) in the young adult section of my local public library. (And no, I’m not linking to it for you.)
      I don’t think they’d looked hard: It was easy to find at the time, a bright beacon of shame on the first page of my Google results. But imagine my embarrassment when I realized that this was their first impression of me. As future English professors, they read it with care, calling out adolescent quirks3) of word choice and syntax4) that I would have rather left behind. I never quite lived it down5), if only because6) I imagined that my colleagues never forgot.
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