JOIN THE RESISTANCE~~~stop blogging now
I realized this is probably redundant, but this blog is about how much I hate blogs. I wrote a column for print and thought that the best way to serve it to the masses might be through a blog.
Please don't be alarmed if this is the last post you see from me for quite sometime.
FORGET THE PRINTS AND KISS A BLOG
Say goodbye to journalism as we know it.
Blogging, short for weblogging, is the demise of integrity of journalistic values.
It takes less than a google search and 10 minutes to start your own blog.
There is no accountability for what a user can put on the internet.
Registration for a blog is a joke. Accounts can be set up using pseudonyms and an email address (which is just as easily forged).
Because the internet doesnâ€™t exactly exist in any location, there is no complaint department and international laws become questionable and even useless.
For example, an American reads a post from a Mexican user that is false and derogatory about a Canadian resident, the offence is virtually unenforceable.
The Gomery inquiry last year changed how information moved and took advantage of internationalism. A publication ban restricted reporters from doing their job as John Braultâ€™s testimony was off limits for print or broadcast. No problem. An American blogger took all the information heâ€™d gather and posted it right up on his blog. Any Canadian could log on and with just a few easy clicks would find themselves with more than enough information.
The rights we have gotten accustomed to and have struggled to uphold are non-existent when it comes to the internet especially because of blogging.
Some may squawk about freedom of speech, but rights to protection of privacy and reputation should trump that freedom.
The internet has been viewed as a threat to privacy for years but at least it was something that was primarily accessed by the computer-savvy. Now, because of free sites like blogger.com, the exclusivity of posting anything you want is gone and the internet is now longer only for the elite.
A reader is left to their own defenses when deciphering between what is credible information and what may be the ramblings of a psychopath.
Reputation doesnâ€™t even matter as a result. A news community veterans like CBC, CanWest or Bell Communications have spent years and thousands of dollars just to be in competition with people who have no mass media skills.
But those same veterans are encouraging the behaviour by calling on bloggers to be their analysts. Itâ€™s hogwash to call bloggers experts. True that experts may be bloggers, but if thatâ€™s the case then call on them because they are an expert not because they are bloggers. Fortunately, bloggers are clearly labeled as such because actual journalists have been trained to provide complete packages of information.
There is room in media for blogging. Sometimes there is information that could be deemed necessary to a community that is not distributed in a timely or relevant manner befitting the local media (if there is any media in the area), but thereâ€™s nothing stopping the news from spilling into gossip.
Anyways, the rare or occasional need to spread that kind of information isnâ€™t enough to tip the scales to make blogs a viable gear in our information mechanism.
As global citizens, be conscious of what is entertainment and what is information and be vigilant when selecting a news source.