Early on in my career, I learned a lesson that I do not understand to this day: Computers are political. They are dull, whirring, whizzing, amoral machines and yet they inspire the most amazing organizational venom.
At CondÃ© Nast, Andrew Krucoff got canned — aka CondÃ©d — for forwarding the most innocuous memo about the company’s cranky computers.
The computer department at CondÃ© as one of my bÃªte noires — we all had many bÃªtes — when I was there. Even so, I don’t understand why Krucoff got escorted out of the building for forwarding a memo to Gawker about downtime. You’d think he of all people would have been escorted out of Conde of all companies for reporting on something juicier than that: perhaps executives, not computers, going down.
But they’re down and he’s out.
: LATER: The Times’ Kit Seelye reports on this today.
It is not clear how or why the company traced Mr. Krucoff’s e-mail message, but Mr. Oxfeld said that Mr. Krucoff was confronted about the episode yesterday and escorted from the building.
Note well, Nasties: They may not know what you’re thinking, but they apparently know what you’re typing. As Gawker advises: “For the love of God, remember to use your Gmail.”