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OnPoint: You don't need double-talk – you need Bob Loblaw!

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  • Russell Brown,

    __Don't go into journalism Josh, your research of primary sources is too scary - what you really need to do is say "he said.... but she said no he's wrong". You can fill pages and pages doing that. ;-)__

    Uhhh... is that a compliment? Sorry, my sarcasm detector is playing up.

    It was a very nice compliment.

    Me too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'd just like to point out that someone from APN is watching this thread closely.

    I expect they would be! But I'm sure we get a lot of accesses from APN IP numbers.

    All page impressions happily welcomed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    self-regulatory body might need to be established for internet media

    *Huge* can of worms. The Internet is global you know. My blogs (like most peoples) are hosted in the US (actually, I'm not sure that LJ hasn't moved its hosting to Russia).

    Would there be a global body. Whose standards would it use - China's? Or would we have a Great Firewall Of New Zealand to block non-compliant media?

    (Although, I suppose one option would be that if one joined a regulatory body and complied with their rulings, you'd get immunity from libel writs).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    (actually, I'm not sure that LJ hasn't moved its hosting to Russia).

    Ha, in Soviet Russia, blog hosts you. Which would certainly simplify things.

    As someone still hanging on to their Listener subscription by the skin of their last straw, (as yet nobody rips the Black page off my copy), I've found this whole discussion really useful.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    I've found this whole discussion really useful.

    If it wasn't for Russell's suggestion that there is more to this than meets the eye, I would have assumed from what was said that someone had made allegations they couldn't substantiate and was forced to apologise when someone called bullsh*t.

    I have a cousin with a degree in irony studies.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    "I have a cousin with a degree in irony studies."

    What would your cousin make of Simon Barnett hosting "Stars in your eyes", still promoting all of the best Hits. <clap of the hands, onto the knee & a kick - da daa>

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond,

    *Huge* can of worms. The Internet is global you know. My blogs (like most peoples) are hosted in the US (actually, I'm not sure that LJ hasn't moved its hosting to Russia).

    Oops. I should have been waaaay more specific. I was thinking in a New Zealand context, it might be practical/possible to subscribe to a code of blogging ethics of some kind - the Press Council's code might work, for example. I don't mean a draconian regulatory framework dished out by the Powers that Be like the Great Firewall - I mean a voluntary scheme, where interested parties can sign up and say "here's our code of ethics." A bit of a badge of honour thing. If something like this ever happened, it would probably be only "serious" commentators who'd bother with it. Where the blog is physically hosted probably wouldn't come into it. Legally, of course, it might, but as far as a self-regulatory code goes it's moot.

    Since Nov 2006 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    What would your cousin make of Simon Barnett hosting "Stars in your eyes", still promoting all of the best Hits

    If I had to hazard a guess, I think he would claim to have never heard of it but secretly watch it religiously. I'm a fan of David Hasselhoff so people don't tend to ask my opinion about this sort of thing.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I mean a voluntary scheme, where interested parties can sign up and say "here's our code of ethics."

    There are several such codes out there. A google search for "bloggers code of ethics" will point you to umpteen.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If it wasn't for Russell's suggestion that there is more to this than meets the eye, I would have assumed from what was said that someone had made allegations they couldn't substantiate and was forced to apologise when someone called bullsh*t.

    I have professional links on both sides of the dispute and I really don't feel able to comment in detail; not least because there are already heavy letters flying around. But the dictated apology was run not on merit, but because one side has considerably deeper pockets than the other. Let's just say I think things have been poorly handled.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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