Atonement, one of the Best Picture nominees for the 2008 Oscars, is wrought with wrongdoings and drama. In this specific incident, a chain reaction of events actually seems to echo a universal problem that I'm sure we've all dealt with in one way or another — if a message that's never meant to be seen ends up in the wrong hands, trouble always arises. Check out the clip below, and then share your own experiences.
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Dear's Advice: We've all played the game of telephone enough as kids to know that a message can be completely changed and taken out of context after it's been told too many times — especially one that shouldn't have been revealed to begin with. Once it's out, it's out, so the best thing that you can do is some immediate damage control, which usually begins with fessing up and apologizing — it's going to be awkward no matter what, so get it over with quickly. Confront the "messenger" directly before the rumor begins to spread, and try to offer a reasonable explanation.
Once you've apologized, take the necessary precautions to make sure this doesn't happen again. In this case, getting rid of the note is probably a good idea but in this digital age, when sending a message is just a click away, things are dicier than ever. Make sure to confirm who you're sending something to before you press send. That one second can save you hours of anxiety — trust me, you don't want to learn that lesson the hard way!