Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department
Our generation is so blog-heavy that the word "blogosphere" is actually built-in to iPhone/iPad dictionaries. Autocorrect will fix it for you!
My paper is over the effects of technology/blogging on personal, face-to-face relationships/communication. I've found that technology is, in a sense, filling the void. No one really misses the personal closeness of face-to-face conversation.
From July 2004, blogging on PR-related issues has grown significantly from 30 to around 200 people blogging.
It's interesting to read about all the different rules and laws that are being enforced about cyber bullying, showing how big of an issue it has become over the last decade.
I have read a very interesting article about blogging that Associated Press is finally recognizing blogging and bloggers as credible source of news. However, it's still not clear if the credit should be given to the website or the bloggers.
When people publish a blog, many think they have the right to do with it what they want and to write on it whatever they please. I found an article that I used for my research paper that argued that blogging falls under journalism. Therefore, bloggers should use the same ethics that journalist do in their articles.
Vlogging allows a blogger to actively engage with their audience. They are engaging with them through non verbal cues. Therefore, they are developing a deeper connection with their audience.
I assumed that there would be more intelligent comments from the readers of the blog, but there doesn't seem to be any. It seems less a transparency tool for readers and more an excuse for some fool to try and be funny.
Blogging and Depression: Many who suffer from depression find blogging, commenting on blogs and other internet communication as a valuable avenue to speak about their condition. It is not unusual for those inflicted to not communicate and find help face-to-face.
I have found out that the battle between bloggers and the First Amendment seems to be a never-ending tug-of-war. Half of the world says that they should be allowed to say whatever they want because of freedom of speech. The other half says that they should censor themselves and that free speech has no bearing in the blogosphere.
Blogging has given a voice to the urban culture that wasn't recognized before. Urban trends has become more and more popular because bloggers introduces them to public. Like the the music that is popular now started out from a blog.
Proving libel in blogging is difficult. It was interesting to find out that prominent public officials have trouble proving defamation from a political blogger because they must prove both "malice" and that they had a reckless disregard for the truth. If a statement made by a blogger is shown to be inaccurate but purely the opinion of the blogger it's OK.
Even an anonymous blogger can be tracked down. If your blog content or posts contain libelous statements or videos that are slanderous the court can have the ISP help and track the anonymous person down and bring charges against them.
what I have found to be most interesting is that blogging has created a form of online journaling. Opening up personal posts to the blogosphere gives the blogger positive feedback thus boosting the individual's self-esteem.
Despite blogging being around for a relatively good amount of time, PRSA does not have any guidelines for PR practitioners about blogging in its code of ethics.