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With Great Blogging Power, Comes Great Responsibility

Globe and Mail journalist and author, Hal Niedzviecki, takes an interesting look at the impact bloggers are having on the lives of, well…non-bloggers. It appears, like Hal, more and more people are waking up to the fact that they’re being discussed online and that even conversations that take place outside of the web, are fair game on a blog.

It’s a refreshing perspective – hearing from someone who’s only just discovering that bloggers tend to be critical, honest and often, insensitive…

…reading about yourself on a blog feels vaguely wrong, like you’ve dropped in uninvited and caught someone vacuuming in their underwear. It’s like hearing through the grapevine that someone is talking behind your back. Do you really want to know what they’re saying? For someone engaged in the very public act of culture creation, searching the blogs for your name forces you to confront how you, as a member of the professional creative ranks, as someone who believes in a diversity of opinions and the importance of free speech and daily acts of creativity, should respond to the blog.

There’s also an important reminder for all bloggers – remember, you’re talking about a human being, with real feelings…

I’d like to ask one thing from the blogger at large. When tossing out those five-times-daily updates, please pause to consider both your reputation and the fragile ego of the artist.

Not your normal take on blogging, but I enjoyed reading the perspective of someone who just lost his “blog criticism” virginity.

  • http://www.therealestatebloggers.com Tom

    What interests me is the fragility of the press. They tend to be cut throat with other public figures, cutting very little slack on those they cover.

    But because they follow the unwritten rule of not covering each other, they are amazed when those of us on the outside look in and cover them with the same jaundiced eye.

    I would give the man on the street much more lattitude with my “blogging” than a reporter. Expressly because the reporter has put themselves into the mix.

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    That’s a strong point Tom. Do you not think though that as bloggers, we’re becoming emboldened to the point that we’re faster to criticize others because we can do so in the name of “blogging”.

  • http://www.bizmediascience.com Joseph Carrabis

    This is one reason I always ask permission before quoting or directly addressing someone in a blog. I will referencing them or their writing (provided it is publicly available) without asking permission and that’s a different matter, I think.