Comments: Digital Ethics II.. and the New Commodity In Online Media

(note my new blog link above, Mary)

Part of the fun of being a blogger and studying blogger is just that: there are few rules. Especially when compared to the ethical code of journalists. Bloggers can answer off-the-cuff, print erroneous stuff and even talk gibberish. However, if you want to establish a readership, you'd better follow a few rules (consistency, no lying, etc.).

Posted by joe at August 29, 2004 10:04 AM

I think the simple explanation of what's happening is that with blog technology the publishing function has become so trivial that authors can easily do it. So they become the publisher.

And, as to your comment about an author getting attention because of their creativity, value and originality - aggregating publishers also stand out based on their ability to attract a good mix of good authors.

My point is, what's happening isn't terribly mysterious, nor in need of a new set of ethics. If an author becomes a publisher, then the author must/should adopt the relevant publisher ethics (as well as the relevant author ethics).

Posted by Terry Steichen at August 29, 2004 01:04 PM

Mary: thanks for the great thoughts on this topic. I summarized some of the other activity here:
http://bigben.blogs.com/first/2004/08/ethics_of_the_l.html

Posted by Ben Casnocha at August 31, 2004 05:36 PM