Be a responsible netizen

2009-01-09-blog

Not all bloggers are spoilt brats
Source: The Star

I REFER to “Bloggers need to be transparent,” (The Star, Dec 29). The writer seems to stereotype bloggers as “spoilt brats”.

What is a blog? According to Wikipedia, a blog is “a website usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video”.

In other words, a blog is basically like an online diary. Most bloggers write blogs to record their daily life. The number of bloggers who write on politics is merely a small fraction of all the bloggers combined.

Unfortunately, most people associate blogs with political commentaries, and even associate them with the March 8 political tsunami.

Recently, we see many politicians turn bloggers, including our ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. We even see some efforts by the Home Ministry to monitor blogs.

It is presumptuous of the writer to assume all bloggers are “not grown up” and are “spoilt brats” just because of a few bad eggs.

I also do not like the way people use pseudonyms to hide their identities just to post spiteful comments. However, this is what freedom of speech is all about.

If we believe that the things written are false, how about rebutting them with stronger (and more professional) arguments?

Even better, how about ignoring them altogether. Why bother getting angry with “spoilt brats”? Getting angry with people who have “not grown up” would be stooping to their level.

WEI JIE,
Johor Baru

Uchu Keling says: it goes the same with users of public forum. Users seem to be so easy on what they post without getting the fact right.

2 thoughts on “Be a responsible netizen”

  1. The problem with members or those who comment on forums is that they fail to understand that they and the owner of the forum are liable for what ever comments they publish on the website.

    Some may be too overzealous sometimes and thinking they can say what they want and get away with it. It is quite unfortunate that some webmasters have got in hot soup becoz of this. They (webmasters) started the website most of the time with their own money and hoping that it will be a place where we a community can get together from all over the world to have fun and share their opinions.

  2. The problem with members or those who comment on forums is that they fail to understand that they and the owner/owners of the forum are liable for whatever comments that they publish on the website. Even though there is a disclaimer when the member signs up, it is often overlooked.

    We must educate our members on this. We do not want what has happened to rd.com to happen again.

    Some may be too overzealous sometimes and thinking they can say what they want and get away with it. It is quite unfortunate that some webmasters have got into hot soup becoz of this. They (webmasters) started the website most of the time with their own money and hoping that it will be a place where we a community can get together from all over the world to have fun and share their opinions.

    We as webmasters from now on must be more prudent and be alert. In other words, we must be on our toes. It is not easy to own sites or forums especially when they have become popular.

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