I was on my phone searching for something when I noticed that this article was trending… “2016: Top 10 fake news forwards that India (almost) believed in“. I thought this would be a good topic to write about. Why, you ask? Because I feel that there’s a big issue to address in terms of blogging and integrity/accountability.
Being a blogger. (I had to search the meaning to make sure I am officially one when I saw this definition at the bottom and I almost fell off my seat. So much hate! LOL) I feel that we have a responsibility to our readers to ensure that whatever we write, share or reblog is accurate and untainted.
“Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives. Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity. Sometimes it takes as little as a referral on a more popular blogger’s website to set the lesser blogger’s ego into orbit.
Then God forbid a blogger gets mentioned on CNN. If you thought it was impossible for a certain blogger to get more pious than he was, wait until you see the shit storm of self-righteous save-the-world bullshit after a network plug. Suddenly the boring, mild-mannered blogger you once knew will turn into Mother Theresa, and will single handedly take it upon himself to end world hunger with his stupid links to band websites and other smug blogger dipshits.” – Maddox (Urban Dictionary by Henry Hayes Aug. 04, 2005)
People do not realize the impact and influence of social media to the readers in the world. Some people tend to sensationalize things for their own selfish motives (more views, likes, follow, etc.) and I feel that it is so wrong. Even just re-tweeting or sharing on FB, we have to be responsible enough to know when to check snopes.com for reliability of the info before it spreads like wildfire.
Anyway, because of the interesting definition of blogger , I decided to search for the meaning of “BLOG” just coz… and here’s an interesting one for you.
Finally, one person in particular puts it this way when asked to define a blog:
I don’t care.
There is no need to define ‘blog.’ I doubt there ever was such a call to define ‘newspaper’ or ‘television’ or ‘radio’ or ‘book’ — or, for that matter, ‘telephone’ or ‘instant messenger.’
A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. People will use it however they wish. And it is way too soon in the invention of uses for this tool to limit it with a set definition.
That’s why I resist even calling it a medium; it is a means of sharing information and also of interacting: It’s more about conversation than content … so far. I think it is equally tiresome and useless to argue about whether blogs are journalism, for journalism is not limited by the tool or medium or person used in the act.
Blogs are whatever they want to be. Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining ‘blog’ is a fool’s errand. (Source: John.do)
So, to wrap it up. I just want to ask you dear readers to make sure that before you share or reblog any kind of information, please check out if it is a fact and if it is accurate. You may either look it up at snopes.com or google it. Make sure it is not something that came from The Onion or any media outlet that is satirical in nature.
Thanks! You should be proud of yourselves.
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