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Blogging is Beautiful

What is the point of blogs? 

Blogging is a great new way to vet ideas and have a conversation that connects people clear across the globe.   As a blogger, I am delighted to receive comments to my blog posts.  I crave for them and get so excited when I receive an e-mail that tells me that I have one.  It makes my whole day!

I moderate my comments.  That means if you are new to my blog and you make a comment, I must approve it before it is posted.  Only comments that I physically approve make it for all to see. 

I haven’t yet declined to post a comment.  Yet.  I’d like to think that I wouldn’t delete any comments. 

What if someone writes in a comment that I am a sniveling, frakin, retched, ugly wench?  Hey, that’s good stuff and may be even true some of the time. 

To approve or not approve, that is the question. 

If the comment was free from obscenities and took aim at me alone then I would probably put it out there.  That is the point of the blog – to let everyone have a say who would like one.  It is a conversation, with similarities to what you would have in person.  You don’t always agree with the person you are conversing with but you can’t simply delete what they are saying as they say it!

There is a distinction between journalism and blogging.  Journalism has an ethical obligation to report events of interest with credibility and honesty.  The ethical obligation of a blog is individualized to the morals of the blogger who hosts it.  Blogging is a form of entertainment.  It may rub elbows from time to time with journalism, but primarily it is forum for personal opinions and the dialogue that it inspires. 

In the case of my class where we use the blog for journalistic educational purposes, I respect that my professor reserves the right to delete comments.  This blog was the only medium that she was offered to post the journalistic work of her students in the local newspaper so she had to take what she got.  She is now using the blog in the same way that she would run a print newspaper.  Since it is a blog however, I think we should have a comment policy to refer to so that the reader has the expectation that their comment will be evaluated before publishing.

However, if a true blogger deletes comments because they don’t like the perspective then they only want one side of the issue to be viewed – their own.  That is quite boring indeed and defeats the point of a blog.

As Americans, we have this amazing right of freedom of speech.  Why would we willingly censor ourselves?

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Is Facebook Privacy an Oxymoron?

I have a dilemma.  Do you remember the Snowboarding Olympian, Scotty Lago?  He was the young man who won a bronze metal and then was photographed in a compromising position.  What do you think of that?  See, when we discussed this topic in class that night I was in the lone minority when I said that we are taking this a little too seriously.  My stance was that this kid is in his early twenties and he was on a winning high and so he did something stupid.

Did you ever do something stupid in your 20’s? 

Well I have.  If you knew me in my then please know that I am not desirous of reminiscing. 

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So that was my stance with Scotty Lago.  Here though is my dilemma.  I have a rigid double standard.  As an HR professional, I would not wish to see lewd actions posted on facebook by employees, candidates, peers or management. 

So why do I allow Scotty slack?  Gees, I am not really sure.  I agree with all of the arguments about how he should be held to a higher standard as an Olympian, and he should be smart enough not to do the act in the first place when everyone in the world has a camera on their telephone.  And that is what happened isn’t it?  He put his bronze medal on his precious jewels and had a woman kiss it.  Saucy.  People WILL take pictures of that even if you are not an Olympian.  Then this picture spread virally through the internet. 

Many people post incriminating pictures of themselves on their facebook page.  Just a tip, turn on the privacy settings and don’t befriend your boss or a journalist if you truly expect it to be private.

In yesterday’s Daily Gazette, there is an article (attached) that encourages businesses to adopt a social media policy.  I like that.  Some of it seems obvious, but I like the implication.  It says that more companies are allowing their employees to use social media, but there should be a code of standards that surround that use.  It is just good business practice to develop policies and enforce them to cultivate the expected behavior of their employees.

Click here to read the article.

As an employee of a company, using social media on behalf of that company, we have certain responsibilities to uphold and that is where the policy could help clear up any ambiguity in that area.  Joel Postman says, “Don’t put anything in writing (or) any form unless you don’t mind seeing it on the front page of the New York Times.” 

That is sound advice.  What do you think?

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Media Ethics

Sounds like a snooze fest right?  That is exactly what I thought until I went to one class.  I am not sure if it is the subject matter that makes this class so good or if it is the professor.  He is the calmest, coolest cat around.  I feel so relaxed after leaving this class that I feel like I do after a yoga class.  Invigorated and refreshed.

We have to write 2, 25 page papers for this class.  Writing!   🙂

But we have to write about media ethics.  Hmmm…

And we have to sound intelligent about it.  Hmmm…

I guess the thing that really freaks me out is that it is a research paper.  You have to do research.  Which is fine, but I really don’t know how to go about researching anything credible – well beyond Google and Wikipedia that is.  How do you research a topic without reading half of the library?  How do you weed it down?  Is it even necessary in this day and age to go to the library?  Do I have to go to the library and confess to the librarian that I am a graduate student that knows nothing about research?  Can’t I sit here in my jammies to research on my computer?

I think it is a travesty that I have graduated from college without learning this critical skill.  I think this should be a course that you take right after you are accepted.  Speaking of ethics, I don’t think that it is ethical that research is not emphasized in the college curriculum, darn it! 

I may just have to go to the student services center and see if they can help me.  Yuck.  Maybe I will just start with Google.  I will start a search of “how to do educational research”.  Does this seem humorous to anyone else?

If any of you reading this now and would like to impart some words of wisdom, boy would I be appreciative.

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