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A poster on the CareSpace forums started asking if any social workers in the Doncaster area though the recent stories about social work there were justified. Community Care asked anyone who wanted to share their experiences annonymously to do so, and they did just that.
The story appeared on the BBC website this morning (although, with no mention of Community Care or CareSpace. Tsk.)
Why is this digital doorstepping done right? Well, in this instance, the people involved were actually looking for publicity. They weren’t the shocked victims of a crime seeing their quasi-private space violated. The BBC poster clearly signed up as themselves, giving their name as well as the company, humanising the approach a little. And they didn’t just lift testimony, they solicited contact.
Slowly, we learn…
Well worth a read.
It doesn’t take much effort to find multiple examples of eyewitness accounts. In light of the fallout around the “digital doorstepping” business around Virginia Tech, just republishing these accounts would be an error, but providing links to eyewitness accounts and experiences much be a vlaubale addition for readers for very little journalistic time.
The conflict over Digital Doorstopping is a conflict of ignorance between journalists and social network users.