This week’s readings and videos will help us discuss the responsibilities of blogging, particularly the need for accuracy and ethical approaches to expressing your views about other people. Each student must respond to one of these readings by Monday September 8. Before coming to class, respond to someone else’s post. You should also have written a post on your own blog.
- Amardeep Singh, “Anonymity, Authorship and Blogger Ethics,” symplokē, v. 16 no. 1/2, 21-35.
- Nick Bilton, “Ferguson Reveals a Twitter Loop,” New York Times, August 27 2014.
- Michael C. Munger, “Blogging and Political Information: Truth or Truthiness?” Public Choice v. 134 no. 1/2, 125-138.
- Howard Rheingold, “Crap Detection Mini-Course,” February 20 2013.
- Rebecca E. Blood, “Weblog Ethics,” The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog (New York: Basic Books, 2002.)
Workshop exercise: Being able to show where you got your information is part of accuracy, and crediting other bloggers (a “hat tip,” or HT) is good practice in the blogosphere. Today we will learn to hyperlink and create Google alerts to get daily reports of news and blog items that are relevant to our personal blogs.