Oh dear. Quite a bit of talk this past week about the notion put forward by some people in the US to form a committee on blogging ethics.
Just hang on a minute. The whole idea of some group in the US – or anywhere else, for that matter – setting themselves up as blogging overlords is completely ludicrous. No, let me restate that. It’s a total crap idea.
Who is this group to tell me in an Orwellian manner what I can or cannot do on my blog? What gives them any right at all to think they can speak for other bloggers about ethics? And why would they assume that I am so totally stupid and brain-dead that I need some nanny committee to preach to me about honesty, comfort levels and other bilge?
We don’t need a committee. We don’t need an authority figure or moral guidepost. This is a distributed world, a world owned by the whole. We are ruled by the wisdom of the crowd. […] There, I just saved myself a committee meeting.
The last word is from The Head Lemur (“He may be a bit crazy, but that would be your call”):
You will get control of my blog when you pry the keyboard out of my cold dead hands!!
I couldn’t put it better or clearer.