Saturday, March 05, 2005

A Whole New World...

...Blogging.

In 2004 the number of people reading blogs jumped 58%.
27% of all web users read blogs.
12% of all internet users have posted comments on blogs.
62% of web users still don't know what a blog is...

There is a growing problem with this new trend...Bloggers are being fired from their jobs for what they are writing on their personal weblogs.

Bloggers are being disparaged by the main stream media... I know for a fact that many of the bloggers have English degrees -some have a Masters in English. Most people that have an English degree have taken journalism classes. Why are these people less qualified than the journalists in their local newspapers? I realize that bloggers don't technically have the liable rules that a newspaper should abide by, but this is sure to change as the phenomenon grows. It is only a matter time before bloggers start getting sued for things they have written...or blog regulations are included in company policies...

Is it a violation of First Amendment guarantees to fire someone for things that have written from their homes on their private time... Then again --Weyco, Inc. fired employees that smoked in their own homes on their own time. They were given tobacco tests and fired. Michigan law upholds this decision....

So should there be restrictions on bloggers? If yes, would that seep into commenters? Would blog owners be responsible for their commenters? Should anonymous commenting be allowed? I have a feeling the more popular/prevalent blogging becomes --the more we can look forward to restrictions...

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