Much has been made
of the ethics of bloggers who receive compensation -- usually in the form of demo units and trial versions of products -- in exchange for reviewing those products, often with the implicit understanding that the review is a positive one. These questions prompted an FTC investigation, and last fall the agency revised their formal guidelines
governing endorsements and testimonials to include bloggers or other "word-of-mouth" marketers. The Interactive Agency Bureau maintains that the guidelines are unconstitutional, and is calling for the FTC to rescind the rules as they apply to bloggers and other online outlets
. The latest casualty? An intern at TechCrunch asked for a MacBook Air in exchange for a post. In the wake of this revelation, TechCrunch fired the intern and issued a formal apology
. To his credit, the intern has posted his own mea culpa
An Indonesian TV crew was invited to Malaysia for their Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign but encountered many problems. They write up about it
- and start a flurry of comments and controversy across the Malaysian government about blogging. [more inside]
CBC Blogging Manifesto
Tired of waiting for CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to come up with a blogging policy, CBC bloggers – including the infamous pseudonymous blogger A. Ouimet
– charge ahead and write one themselves.
If you watch television news stations, you've probably already heard that the latest missing white girl has been found
. Naturally, the media is now obsessed with figuring out what led to the murder of the girl's parents. In the unending quest for information, TV news stations have shown
the myspace pages
of the two teens. And like many other teenagers, the two have xanga journals
as well. But several sources, both blogs
and mainstream news sites
, have publicized the location of these pages. Is this responsible journalism?
Previously on MeFi: Blogging from prison; diary of a killer?
Blogging with Ethics
While there's been talk of a blogger code of ethics
, there's one at Cyberjournalist.net
that's pretty in-depth (and looks a lot like this one
for professional journalists, this one
from nearly three years ago is less involved). One blogger / journalist
, has gone as far to create an online petition
asking bloggers to adapt an identifiable code.
Roland Piquepaille, author of the excellent Technology Trends
blog and frequent contributor to Slashdot
, is accused of using plagirism
and his own blog to pump up his Blogads revenue
. Long quotes and summarization of sources are staples of the blogging culture. When revenue is involved, some infer that the blogger owes more than just credit to their sources. [via Eyebeam Reblog