Sin in the Global Village

How to live in an age of electronic footprints? For starters, tread carefully

In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, a book reviewer found the Starr report to be not just a pulp page turner but a haunting allegory. The report symbolizes "the national invasion of our privacy." The moral of its story: what happened to President Clinton "could happen to any of us--our own sex lives on newsstands everywhere."

On newsstands? Don't flatter yourself. On the other hand, in an age when anyone with a modem can publish a Web page accessible to all of planet Earth, who needs newsstands? You may not be a celebrity, and public interest in your sins may...

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