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    Ethical Bloggers, Tinkerbell, and other fairy tales

    I think it's interesting that there are efforts to define the "ethical" blogger. Some of us (like me) are dweebs that almost always play by the rules, and we probably had a pretty decent understanding of how to act ethically on our own without an 86-page document to tell us. (Sorry, there's no way in hell I'm going to have that cyber-brick read by class tonight.) Those who aren't so ethical are going to continue to be unethical, whether we think they're unethical or not. And those blogs will be read (and in some cases they'll be considered more fun) because the readers don't necessarily want "ethical" all the time. Rules of Ethics are generally something Corporate Earth preaches so that they don't get their ass in a sling in court someday.  If blogs are anything, they're un-Corporate, at least until they get popular and sell out to Pepsi-Cola.

    I think part of the appeal of the blog is a chance for some people to act unethically and get away with it, and for others to feel naughty, shocked, or outraged by reading it. There's a reason why people watched Faces of Death in the 80s. There's a reason why a slide show of the remains of a motorcycle rider getting caught under the wheels of a tractor trailer made the Internet rounds a few years back.  There's a reason why Thersa Earnhardt had to fight so hard to keep her husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos locked away from FOI seeking newspaper reporters. And there's a reason why nearly every morning radio station has its daily "Gossip" update in spite of a similar paparazzi culture in Europe that cost Princess Diana her life.  The unethical, insatiable, cold-blooded public wants it, needs it, and will pay for it, and as long as they are willing, someone will be willing to give it to them in spite of the ethics.  Asking people to blog ethically is like telling them to stop using their cell phones while driving--if they think it's a good idea, they'll stop.  If not, they'll just keep yakking away!     


    Prepare for the Tsunami

    greatwave.jpgOkay, fellow classmates, I finally got my butt in gear and linked to all of you.  Now prepare for a wave of readers to crash upon your blog sites from my vast sea of readership!


    Happy Halloween!!!

    jason3.jpgHappy Halloween, bloggers!!!

    From your pal, Jason.

    (P.S. See you on the Internet, Teacher!)


    Ned and Me

    Incidentally, tomorrow our Machinist Union local is hosting a "roundtable event" that will host the Teamsters, UAW, Steelworkers, and Machinists.  The topic will be "manufacturing jobs, trade imbalances, outsourcing, and joint ventures", and Senatorial candidate Ned Lamont will be present.  I find it interesting because the senatorial contest in Connecticut has created a division in the politics of Connecticut labor. The CT AFL-CIO supported Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary, while the Machinists chose to endorse Lamont. After Lamont won the primary, the AFL-CIO chose not to endorse either candidate, rather that swallow its pride and endorse Lamont.  The absence of endorsement for Lamont by the state AFL-CIO is more or less a continued, silent endorsement for Leiberman, in spite of Leiberman's support for anti-labor treaties such as NAFTA that the Machinists and others feel has contributed to the loss of more than 130,000 manufacturing jobs in our state.  Hopefully I'll have something interesting to talk about at class tomorrow night.


    Lost at Sea

    I find sites like Metafilter and Slashshot, Newscloud, BoingBoing, etc. to be a little overwhelming. I guess I find the concept of community blogging to be like, "That's nice, but what else is there to do?" I don't know, I'm personally a very active person and generally speaking the amount of free time I have during the week is so limited I often have to plan three or four days in advance just to accomplish mundane daily tasks like cutting the lawn or grocery shopping. I don't have a lot of time in my life to search these sites for topics that interest me, comment on them, and argue (discuss) them with people who I have no relationship with. I tend to think it would be a colossal waste of time. 

    Maybe I haven't poked around enough, but I think that many of these sites require user accounts to communicate, so that trolls are shot and killed before they cause too much damage. The effect, I think, is that these sites tend to gather together "like minds" that are receptive to the common viewpoint and resistant or combative to rogue views. Reading the Metafilter description about what makes a good post and what makes a bad post kind of struck me that way. I'm not sure what to think about Newscloud and maybe after I poke around a little more I'll understand it better, but it seems to be more of a thread-generation site than any kind of news service. Slashdot's threads are like a tree with a thousand roots, and in regard to reading any one thread through to completion I refer to my earlier "colossal waste of time" comment.

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