One of the things about the rush of major media outlets to put the Palin e-mails online is the horrific invasion of privacy of thousands of average citizens.
As I've been reading through the e-mails so quickly supplied to me and every other internet user by major news outlets, I've noticed the many e-mails sent to Governor Palin by people like you and me, who in no way are "public" figures.
Not only are their names out there, but their e-mail addresses and house addresses.
This is SHAMEFUL! Those personal details should have been redacted out, if not the name the e-mail addresses and house addresses. But this is nothing unusual for modern journalists. Anything to sell a paper, attract internet traffic, and make a buck.
That information was in the FOIA documents, but the state of Alaska at least had the decency not to broadcast it all over the internet. Like any other public documents, a person needed to have physical access to find that personal information and write it out rather than just digitally copy and paste.
I'm sure that almost all the people are fine with having the content of their messages published. That's what we do in blog commenting. And, though most blog commenters don't use their real names, probably those who wrote to Governor Palin are fine with having their names attached. The horrific part is having their e-mail and house address published. How many internet commenters would comment if they had to leave that information online? Would you? Do you?