Toobin’s Cautionary Tale Creates FOZO

November 7, 2020

The virtual events world claimed its first casualty this week. Jeffery Toobin’s decades of hardworking journalism and astute politicial analysis went up in smoke as he gave new definition to the word hard-working. He was unceremoniously suspended from The New Yorker and took a leave of absence from CNN after alleged inappropriate behavior while on a Zoom call preparing for the Presidential debates. Aftershocks included a summary of crass Twitterverse jokes and chortling anchor people like Sara Haines. Even O.J. Simpson weighed in. (Not-coincidentally,Toobin wrote The Run of His Life, The People vs. OJ Simpson.) Waves of FOZO (Fear of Zoom On) reverberated. Anyone who’s ever flushed, adjusted their bra, picked their nose, or farted on a Zoom call was one-upped in a “there but for the grace of God” moment. The #metoo movement met the virtual world in the form of #metoobin.

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