You raise something right at the end here, Scott, that I find really troublesome and interesting — the rapidly blurring line between personal self and professional self.
I know of at least one instance where a Department in the U.S. gov’t requested that one of its subordinate agencies ask an employee to stop criticizing the President … on his personal Twitter account.
My initial reaction was indignation, but the further details revealed that this person tweeted about work-related things from his account quite a bit and was seen as having a strong affiliation on social media to his employing agency even in a personal capacity.
I’m not arguing that such affiliation justifies asking him not to exercise his first amendment rights in a personal capacity; I’m wondering what personal capacity means anymore. Perhaps a topic for a future You Tell Me …