Part 2: The supposed phenomenon of blogging

If this were really a phenomenon, wouldn’t it be glowing green, or bright white at least? Well, the journalist has become universal, anyone can write… well, anything. If anything, it has demerited the profession of newsman/newswoman- along with making the job of catching up on the news much harder, as blogs can be written by people even more uninformed as yourself. On the upside, all of those annoying people you know that use to force their personal lives on you now have the perfect way to do that without facing the embarrassment of people not listening: bloggin. This leads to the very popular next issue of anonymity and the effect it has on your inhibitions online. Bloggers will attest to how annoying it is to see bickering plague their forums, making it harder for actual posts worth reading to be found- the reason is that you are more likely to pick a fight with someone you don’t know or cannot physically come in contact with than in a bar face to face. Subsequently, bloggers have become readily equipped with acid-tongued responses, leaving non-bloggers behind in the name-calling department.

Jon Garfunkel, an editor on Civilities.net was discussing the internet and accountability off of a recent decision by the Supreme Court to, as expected, to grant the right to anonymous free speech. He says that nobody actually expects fact from blogs, as the nature of a blog is opinion based. However, when an online scandal erupted over Howard Dean’s presidential campaign possibly involving money launderers, Garfunkel checked out the origin of this information at a blog where, “13 of the top 14 contributors used pseudonyms. Anonymity lowers self-inhibitions, and lowered inhibitions on the part of very few people can disrupt the entire group.” Information is easily accepted when it is not presented with a counter argument by its side.

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