.. doesn’t have the same draw as “The Ethical Slut“, but it’s a start.
The Vancouver Observer observed then shared Cyberjournalist.net‘s Bloggers’ Code of Ethics. I read through the list, and found myself outraged – naturally – at the assumption made that all bloggers a) want to be journalists, b) are Very Serious Individuals, and c) strive to be unbiased at all times. What about the personal bloggers, I asked? Trying to provide a Code of Ethics that covers every type of blogger is going to be pretty impossible, no matter how noble the intentions – there are some things I just won’t agree to. For example:
- Be Honest and Fair – Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Make certain that Weblog entries, quotations, headlines, photos and all other content do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
While my fairness might be questionable – this is a personal blog after all; things are going to be slanted my way – I am honest to a fault. That part is fine. However, I take issue with the fact that I’m not supposed to “highlight incidents out of context” – dude, everything I DO is out of context. I am an out of context MACHINE. Life is much, much more fun when everything is taken out of context, and I resent the implication that if I am to be a “good” blogger, I must always be the straight man. In other words, you’ll pry the sequins and feather boas from my cold dead hands!
- Minimize Harm – Ethical bloggers treat sources and subjects as human beings deserving of respect.
Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort.
Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
When the day arrives that reporting information about the inner workings of my lady parts does NOT cause harm or discomfort, that is the day that I will retire from the internet completely. Sometimes it’s fun to shock people, and see above re: honesty – if my vagina is what’s going on today, you bet your sweet bippy you’re going to hear about it. I’m a sharing person – I want to share everything with you, and sometimes that everything includes what happens in my pants.
Naturally, then, the code calling for me to “show good taste” is something I can’t always abide by. While I certainly think everything about me is in excellent taste, I know that the majority of the world does not agree – in fact, “Panders to Lurid Curiosity” is my Native American name. The more lurid something is, the more involved I am. Remember the potato farm? The pantless pictures of Executive Directors I had to remove? The blossoming political careers I’ve ruined? The whole “never go A2M” thing and the accompanying puppet show? All of those were pretty lurid, and utterly pandered to. You’re welcome, and it’s something I’ll likely never change. Good taste is for pussies.
Pursuit of information is not a license for arrogance.
Yes it is. Prove me wrong, Cyberjournalist.net!
(I’m kidding – this is a throwback to the whole TEDxVancouver invitation fiasco and the outing of my extreme arrogance and position that the world owes me everything)
You can read the entire suggested Bloggers’ Code of Ethics here – these are but a few; the ones that make me pout. I’m fairly certain I’ve earned the right to call myself a blogger, now that I’m almost 10 years in – and while I have my own set of guidelines that I follow (mostly consisting of “don’t be a dick”), I don’t think you can easily paint each and every person with the same brush, give them one list, and say “behave”. I can’t, and I won’t. There’s a reason my Native American name isn’t “Lies Back and Takes It”.