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Remember this?

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What about this?

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Responsibility vs anarchy  Freedom is not “absolute”  Responsibility – necessary to prevent anarchy  Remember: With great power comes…  Great responsibility requires awareness of

professional and ethical standards

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Just an old quote…  “Responsible bloggers should recognize

that they are publishing words publicly, and they have certain ethical obligations to their readers, the people they write about and society in general” (CyberJournalist.net)

 This also applies to social media

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Are journalists imposing on bloggers and social media users? DEFINITELY NOT.  What’s crucial to blogging and social networking is  adherence to standards  conscious effort to be responsible

 Journalism ethics – used as basis because this is the

oldest and most developed in the field of media ethics  Bloggers’ Code of Ethics actually based on Society of

Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics  Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics has elements of journalistic practice

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Bloggers’ Code of Ethics (Cyberjournalist.net)  Be honest and fair  Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.  Minimize harm  Ethical bloggers treat sources and subjects as human

beings deserving of respect.

 Be accountable  Bloggers should admit mistakes and correct them promptly. D. A. Arao

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We should observe highest standards of ethics despite notable lapses in journalism practice D. A. Arao

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We don’t want anarchy, right?

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PLEASE be ready for below-thebelt attacks! I was a victim of character assassination for an analysis I wrote about a sexist blog.

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Some lessons  Be level-headed

enough to engage in a healthy debate  Be mature enough to ignore personal attacks  Don’t stoop to the level of individuals whose concept of debate is maximizing logical fallacies (e.g., ad hominem) D. A. Arao

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Parting shots  Abuses could be done unconsciously if a person is

not aware of the ethical standards  Abuses could be done consciously if a person has motives that conflict with providing relevant information to help shape public opinion  CONCLUSION: Responsible blogging, social networking and journalism must be observed

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