Friday, January 19, 2007
"Media are socially realized structures of communication, where structures include both technological forms and their associated protocols, and where communication is a cultural practice, a ritualized collocation of different people on the same mental map, sharing or engaged with popular ontologies of representation"
So we can say a medium is 'The thing' plus the behaviour of using it. The telephone and the Internet are media. But using the word 'media', without defining the context, (for instance, the telephone in 1890 had different protocols than the telephone in 2007), will create misperceptions.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
A former leader of the Al Mouhajiroun has been quoted in the report for this:
"We have no problems with technology. Other people use the web for stupid reasons, to waste time. We use is for serious things. "
A lot has been written about Al Quaeda and the Internet. It's a fact that a lot of terrorist activities on the Internet started after September 11. From that date the amount of terrorist Internet sites has grown from 12 to 4.500 in 2005. Don't know what the count is today. Main reason why they use the Internet for is knowledge management and propaganda. Reading (for instance) the IBM guidelines on employee blogging, you'll find the same kind of goals. Companies want their voice to be heard and know that being active in the bloghosphere increases the knowledge of their people. Now, a lot of positive things are being said about blogging. It will create a new culture, a bottom-up culture, a better society. Can it also create a worse society?
Monday, January 15, 2007
On may 16th 2005, IBM gave their employee bloggers some guidelines. Based on a wiki made by IBM bloggers. Comments on this you can read here and here , specially about asking aproval when you cite or refer to clients and using a disclaimer.
Now I don't need guidance, I think. But if I did, could I live with:
Guidelines for IBM Bloggers: Executive Summary
Know and follow IBM's Business Conduct Guidelines.
Blogs, wikis and other forms of online discourse are individual interactions, not corporate communications. IBMers are personally responsible for their posts. Be mindful that what you write will be public for a long time – protect your privacy.
Identify yourself – name and, when relevant, role at IBM – when you blog about IBM or IBM-related matters. And write in the first person. You must make it clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of IBM.
If you publish a blog or post to a blog and it has something to do with work you do or subjects associated with IBM, use a disclaimer such as this: "The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions."
Respect copyright, fair use and financial disclosure laws.
Don’t provide IBM’s or another’s confidential or other proprietary information.
Don't cite or reference clients, partners or suppliers without their approval.
Respect your audience. Don't use ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity, etc., and show proper consideration for others' privacy and for topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory – such as politics and religion.
Find out who else is blogging on the topic, and cite them.
Don't pick fights, be the first to correct your own mistakes, and don't alter previous posts without indicating that you have done so.
Try to add value. Provide worthwhile information and perspective.
ING Asia, 'My cup of Cha' blog wants to keep it simple & straight forward. Based on Charlene Li's (Forrester) blogger code of ethics, they made the following rules.
ING Blog policy
We will tell the truth. We will acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly.
We will not delete comments unless they are spam, off-topic, in bad taste or defamatory.
We reserve the right not to comment on particular responses in line with our disclosure requirements.
We will reply to comments when appropriate as promptly as possible.
We will disagree with other opinions respectfully.
We will link to online references and original source materials directly.
We will keep private issues and topics private.