You Think Bloggers Would Ever Actually Agree To Follow A Voluntary Code Of Conduct?
from the that's-not-blogging dept
People keep trying to pigeonhole blogs into being some sort of “amateur” press, but that completely misunderstands the medium. Blogs are simply a content management system. It’s a way of publishing content easily, and people can (and do!) do anything they want with it. Some bloggers are journalists. Many bloggers aren’t. Trying to put any kind of “rules” on it seems particularly pointless, but it doesn’t mean some won’t try. While at least the UK’s Press Complaints Commission director Tim Toulmin admits that government regulation of bloggers doesn’t make sense, it’s somewhat amusing that he’s suggesting a voluntary code that bloggers adhere to, and then if anyone violates the code, the PCC can look into it. That’s really no different than government regulation, except that a few powerful bloggers write the regulations rather than government officials. However, again, the problem is that this assumes bloggers are all just like journalists and that they’d all agree to some code — which is ridiculous. It would be like requiring everyone who uses paper to follow a specific code for what can be written on paper. What blogs allow is open communication from anyone. So if there’s a complaint about how a particular blogger covers a particular story, the nice thing is that anyone else can step up and refute the post on their own blog. In other words, the very democratic nature of blog publishing means that it doesn’t need any regulation. It’s self-regulating by itself: if you have a problem with what someone says, feel free to respond.