Q:Do bloggers need a code of ethics?
The blogging world is overwhelmed with people getting their opinions out into the webosphere, everyone has their own way of communicating, their own ideas, their own guide to right and wrong. Should there be boundaries, or is this where “free speech” comes into play? And besides that, who would set these boundaries?
Honestly, my thought is that there should be one simple rule: “Treat others as you would want to be treated”. I really think that this covers it all. We wouldn’t want someone bashing our religion, so we don’t do that to another blogger or group of population. We also wouldn’t want someone looking into our Etsy shop and blogging about how they didn’t like itetc. The list could go on and on, but really, just like in real life, if we blog about others how we would want them to blog about us I feel that we’re in the clear.
My mind is questioning this though, asking “But what about debates, acting the Devil’s Advocate?”. So I say “Self, as long as you do just that, act as the DA and don’t bop the receiving person on the head, act maturely, spark a debate, bring interest, but act as the bigger person, it’s fine”.
Does this stop a blogger from outright saying something is wrong? Do they have to stick with “In My Opinion” statements or say “This may be right, it may be wrong…who really knows”? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not everyone is required to take that for fact. Go ahead and state that you feel something is wrong or right, but be nice about it!
It’s kinda like LIFE.
I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this! Do you agree with me? Dissagree? Tell me why!