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Archive for 20 de Dezembro, 2004

no teu blog ou no meu?

Num longo artigo ontem publicado no NYTimes, Jeffrey Rosen, professor de Direito na George Washington University, fala-nos, genericamente, sobre a crescente (porque crescente a blogosfera) tendncia para que os blogs se tornem espaos de revelao no autorizada de experincias e relacionamentos pessoais.
O crescimento sem regras das oportunidades de publicao pessoal tem, de facto, o potencial para baralhar (ou redefinir) as fronteiras entre o privado e o pblico.
Rosen adianta um exemplo que se passa consigo prprio:
Not all blog gossip is about sex, of course — or only about sex. As blogs expand, people will need to develop new social conventions to resurrect the boundaries between public and private interactions. Consider law professors, in whose privacy I take a special interest. There is a growing category of blogs, known as blawgs, in which law students across the country record their musings about their daily experiences in law schools. (The legally inclined Web ring now has about 450 members.) Professors have always had to assume the risk that performance in class will be publicly evaluated: a Web site called RateMyProfessors.com posts anonymous rankings of teachers across the country“.
A agravante, no caso dos blogs, a bvia ausncia de escrutnio a montante da produo de contedos:
There are two obvious differences between bloggers and the traditional press: unlike bloggers, professional journalists have a) editors and b) the need to maintain a professional reputation so that sources will continue to talk to them. I’ve been a journalist for more than a decade, and on two occasions I asked acquaintances whether I could print information that they had told me in social situations. Both times, they made clear that if I published they would never speak to me again. Without a reputation for trustworthiness, neither friendship nor journalism can be sustained over time“.
O texto completo est aqui.

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blogs – debates como cogumelos

Michael Kinsley, cronista do LATimes (acesso mediante inscrio prvia), escreveu ontem um texto muito curioso sobre a sua mais recente experincia de interaco com a blogosfera.
Sendo ele adepto de uma particular viso sobre o (obscuro?) tema da reforma da Segurana Social, achou por bem enviar algumas das suas ideias, em simultneo, a acadmicos e economistas de prestgio e a alguns bloggers conhecidos.
Como diz a dado passo do seu texto:
A few days later, most of the big shots haven’t replied. But overnight, I had dozens of responses from the blogosphere. They’re still pouring in. And that’s just direct e-mail to me. Within hours, there were discussions going on in a dozen blogs, all hyperlinking to one another like rabbits“.
Est na natureza dos blogs esta tendncia para discutir assuntos, para debater ideias, para arriscar a exposio franca. E est na natureza dos blogs, sobretudo, a noo da ‘voz humana que tem voz’, independentemente da sua formao, posio social, idade ou sexo.
What floored me was not just the volume and speed of the feedback, but its seriousness and sophistication. Sure, there were some simpletons and some name-calling nasties echoing rote-learned propaganda. But we get those in letters to The Times editorial page. What we don’t get, nearly as much, is smart and sincere intellectual engagement mostly from people who are not intellectuals by profession with obscure and tedious, but important, issues“.
O resto aqui.

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