Law school teaches more than just critical thinking.
While students review cases they get it: Talk is a hazardous material. Because it isn't labeled as such by parents, friends, educators and therapists, many human beings get into more than what would be the expected amount of difficulty in life. Prime example: those emails in Bridgegate.
In addition to the legal implications of what Hamlet framed as "words words words," there are the professional ones. Excessive personal disclosure in the office or even in self-employment can put careers in park. In the Darwinian setting working has become, anything can be transformed into something negative about the blabber-mouth. Also, the talker's judgment is questioned.
Then there are the social consequences. Most human beings in 2014 are overwhelmed with their own stuff. To keep sorting out what to do next, they have to construct a moat full of alligators and a drawbridge pulled down to prevent distractions from chatterboxes. Talkers who are determined on penetrating those barriers will find themselves increasingly isolated. Folks don't respond when they see their phone number on smartphones, their comments on Facebook and their texts. On elevators eyes lift to focus on the numbers. Intimate relationships are so valued because they provide sanctuaries for endless small talk.
Lawyers intent on new business development should provide seminars to organizations on smart talk in the workplace. Had the Chris Christie Administration attended one of those there might not have been the black swan of Bridgegate.