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The Naked Blogger: Authentic and Transparent

I must admit that I’ve never been a great fan of the Blog Herald. All too often it felt like a bunch of fanboys running what purported to be a news blog. To me, it failed to live up to its aim of being a news source for the blogging world. However, since the blog’s purchase, a whole bunch of new writers have arrived.

One post, by new author Liz Strauss, stuck a chord:

Authenticity and transparency are the reason I love blogging. They are what connected me. They make strong, brave, and vulnerable. They are the power of the truth. Nothing can undercut, overwrite, argue down what I say, if I write in my own authentic, transparent voice from the truth I know. I am safe and I am able to add something valuable.

She’s right. These two ideas are what make blogging so powerful – and why it’s hard for journalists to become good bloggers sometimes, as we’re trained to take ourselves and our processes out of what we write.

Which is why the observation about two-faced reactions to Le Web 3 made by Tom and Nicole puzzles me so much. Says Nicole:

It is not new, but it amazes me to see the amount of people being two faced.

As for example people telling you �you voiced exactly how I fell and I will never talk to him again� (being far over the top on this) and then suddenly when writing their own posts or giving comments they state that everything was great, wonderful and no problems to be seen?

Tom points out that people will notice, and he’s absolutely right. The web is a transparent medium, where all your comments and posts are easily collated and compared. People will read around a subject and will make comparisons.

So why on earth do it? Are these people really savvy enough to be reading blogs discussion the cutting edge of social media, without being savvy enough to know that unexplained contradictory positions will come around and bit them on the bum?

Perhaps this is just the result of a transitionary stage, with people seeing the possibilities of social media, without really understanding the full and total implications. If that’s true, we’re in for some very red faces in the blogosphere in the years to come.

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Delicate Media Handling of Suffolk Murders

From the resurgent Casino Avenue:

You are a TV news network. You see a man has been arrested, suspected of being one of the worst serial killers for some years.

You discover he has a MySpace account. What do you do? Do you….

a) Not mention it.

b) Show some pictures from it, taking care to obscure tell-tale details that’d allow people to hunt down the site.

c) Show a screen grab of the whole bloody thing!

You gather together all your knowledge of the internet, and chose…. c. You get a reporter who knows nothing about the internet to declare he’d �kept a blog on the website MySpace�, even though the bit where the blog should be is empty.

The whole spate of murders in Suffolk has taken place not terribly far from where my Mum lives. It’s shocked the whole area, and seems to be a constant thread of conversation in pubs, butchers and supermarkets.

Having idiot journalists with a cursory understanding of the internet blundering in really doesn’t help.

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’tis the season

Somehow, Christmas seems to have caught up on me by stealth, this year. We’re only a few days away from the big day, yet I’m still here in the office, coding some changes into our Movable Type templates to make all our blogs more friendly to the search engines.

The building is getting strangely, quiet, and I suspect there will only be a tiny handful of us here by Friday. Perhaps I can get some serious work done now…

 

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