Blogging, social media and journalism
This is my slide presentation at the iBlog: The 8th Philippine Blogging Summit on May 25, 2012 at the College of Law, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.
The use, misuse and abuse of freedom of expression risingsun.DannyArao.com Remember this? D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 2 What about this? D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 3 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 D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 4 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 D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 5 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 D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 6 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 iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 7 We should observe highest standards of ethics despite notable lapses in journalism practice D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 8 We donâ€™t want anarchy, right? D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 9 PLEASE be ready for below-thebelt attacks! I was a victim of character assassination for an analysis I wrote about a sexist blog. D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 10 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 iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 11 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 D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 12 facebook.com/dannyarao twitter.com/dannyarao D. A. Arao iBlog 8, UP Law (May 25, 2012) 13