Blogging Ethics – Internet Ethics
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Ohg Rea Tone is all or nothing. He is educated and opinionated, more clever than smart, sarcastic and forthright. He writes intuitively - often disregarding rules of composition. Comment on his posts - he will likely respond with characteristic humor or genuine empathy. He is the real-deal.

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Blogging Ethics – Internet Ethics


Historically, the common denominator of civilized man has been the rule of law. Without law we have anarchy. Without law we have chaos. Without law it is every man for himself. The internet is governed only by the laws or limitations of technology. The internet is a vast and open frontier. People like to come here to enjoy the scenery, to breath the fresh air of freedom; but they risk being scalped, or mugged, or having their identity bludgeoned with the heavy primitive club of human selfishness.

We bloggers live on the edge of the frontier. Other more settled communities on the internet have established some rules. Places like Amazon and Ebay have managed to build walls and fences and have a militia to protect their customers from the dregs of society, the predators, the capitalist wannabees.

We bloggers moved to the frontier to enjoy the freedom of movement, the lack of regulation – We do not want anyone telling us what we can or cannot say. We make figurative moonshine in the backyard and host a revival of ideas every day. People come to visit. Some of them are rascals who come to complain about the moonshine. Rot Gut, they call it. Others come to laugh with us. You and I have built a campfire and we invite others to sit with us, to look in awe at the moon and the stars, to imagine freely and to talk openly. Our campfire is fueled by ideas, by wit, by humor, by sarcasm, by honesty, by integrity, by creative use of words, by the artistic endeavors of man.

But the vagabonds have found us. The pornographic predators who prey on the fundamental goodness of others have been sneaking into our camp, stealing our firewood to build their own fires. This behavior is no less than burglary. They build fires with our fuel to pretend they are us – baiting unsuspecting fellows who are innocently looking for a quite evening around a friendly fire.

The only way to stop this is to build the walls and fences of the more established communities of Amazon and Ebay. One day we will have to codify our ethics, to write the laws of blogging. The limiting of free exchange of ideas will dim the brightness of the stars. To defend against predators we will lose some of the freedom that brought us to this wild and peaceful frontier.

In the United States most crimes happen after dark. Crimes of burglary and vandalism usually occur in the wee hours of morning, like 2-3:00 Am. Our Government (We the People) could stop this by imposing curfews – no one out of their house after 10:00 PM. But we consciously choose not to impose these laws. The price of burglary and vandalism is the cost of freedom. We suffer some indignities to maintain freedom of movement.

This blog,, has suffered the indignity of burglars in the night. We felt personally violated, someone was rummaging in my dresser drawer. The pornographic predators have stolen our material to attract others to their lowly swamp of muck and grime. It is a Kansas City based porno ring with cheap, unprofessional, pictures of naked men and women. But what would one expect form thieves in the night.

There are ways to stop these burglars, but there is a cost. We bloggers must weigh carefully any action – I like living on the edge of the frontier.


“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics” – Albert Einstein

“It is curious – curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain

See Also: On Writing, Blogging, Journalism 

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  1. To most bloggers, your commentor is a stranger, a guy armed with either a barking dog or a trumpet. He or she will either bark in your face and send you running or blow your trumpet and have you whistling in joy all day. If you constructed a high fence around your domain, the stranger will not have access to your merchandise. It might be tricky to build value for your merchandise then, unless you create a close knit team that understands your product. Now you can’t be a stranger to any guy who’s on your own team. In the end you might be forced to tear down the fence that separates from the stranger so that you can create an avenue for her to join your team. Tear down the fence and you’ll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down the fence and you’ll open up yourself to a lot of hates and prejudices. If you pull a Mikhail Gorbachev and tear down the wall, your union collapses. If you pull a Zhu Yuanzhang and build a great wall, your domain might prosper. What do you do? Quite a thought provoking post you have here!

  2. Herman,

    You add value to our work – thanks for taking the time for a thoughtful comment.


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