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Ethical issues related to blogging and the internet
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Your name Instructor’s name Subject name Submission date Ethical Issues of Blogosphere Internet and the world of blogs is fraught with ethical issues and concerns since it is open for anyone and everyone with a computing device (computer, laptop, tablets, and phone) and internet connection…
Internet is an ever-increasing community of approximately 10 million blogs that range from teenage rants to aggressive corporate promotion and from political discussions to election campaigns. This paper brief outlines ethical issues of blogosphere and analyse the accuracy issues of blogging world. Perlmutter and Schoen (2007 as cited in Debatin) list potential ethical issues of blogging as: 1) Editorial oversight and lack of accuracy/fact checking 2) Absence of systematic coverage of topics 3) Creation of tunnel vision 4) Circular and self-referential spin-doctoring 5) Dissemination of lies, rumours, and hoaxes 6) Practice of trolling, character assassination, and libel 7) Invasion of privacy 8) Stalking and harassment 9) Plagiarism and copyright violation 10) Lack of integrity and accountability facilitated by anonymity, false identity, and pseudonymity 11) Lack of independence and unrevealed conflicts of interests; and 12) Manipulative and deceptive blogging funded by corporations, governments, and individuals.(46) Increasing authority and influence of blogs has empowered bloggers like never before, whether it’s power to make public opinion, drive a revolution, sell a product, or establish an image. However, power always comes with responsibility. ...
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