Sunday, February 26, 2006

You Are Responsible For What You Blog

True indeed, but how many of you bloggers out there are actually preaching it and taking "real" responsibility? And if you do, to what extent? How do you define responsible?

Definition from (for those who are lazy to click):
  1. Liable to be required to give account, as of one's actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust.
  2. Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority: a responsible position within the firm.
  3. Being a source or cause.
  4. Able to make moral or rational decisions on one's own and therefore answerable for one's behavior.
  5. Able to be trusted or depended upon; reliable.
  6. Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking: responsible journalism.
  7. Having the means to pay debts or fulfill obligations.
  8. Required to render account; answerable.
How many bloggers out there who swear and live by the above "code"? The numbers may be exceptionally few, though some may claim that they are very mindful of the public's reaction to the topics they blog about, especially those blogs with high traffic or readership.

Some go to the extent of removing "offensive" pictures/videos/audios/links after receiving negative/persuasive comments from the original post. Some will "password-protect" the post to ensure only his/her "supporters" or faithful readers will get to read the content. While some will just take the easy way out and remove the post altogether to avoid further controversy.

Are these actions so called "responsible blogging"? Maybe yes, to a certain extent, I hear you say. Well let's not forget that we also hear you shouting for freedom of speech.

What is your level of tolerance? How moderate is your moderation? How far will you go fighting for what you believe in?

The Vendettas are not journalists, aspiring politicians, celebrities or belong to so called "elite bloggers", but the moment we click the Publish Post button, we don't turn back.


Blogger cheng sim said...

hrm. that makes me an irresponsible blogger. i made a stupid entry once i wrote a statement that writes "Allahyarham Flowerhorn. may you rest in peace. yes, i converted my flowerhorn into Islam".

just 2 days. out of the blue, a few malay readers dropped by my blog and find it offenisive. although till this very day i still don't find the whole thing offensive, i removed it anyway.

9:17 AM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger suanie said...

define elite bloggers? i'm curious :D

9:49 PM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger Ghost Hack said...

You mean we can actually turn back?

8:54 AM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Daft Oi said...

i agree, that's why my blog contains only all the bold-faced truth about life, the universe and computing.

9:33 AM, March 14, 2006  

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