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Delaware Supreme Court Extend First Amendment Protection to Online Comments

“Delaware Supremes extend First Amendment Protection to online comments” by by Bob Cauthorn is seriously worth a read. The Delaware Supreme Court yesterday delivered what one hopes is a watershed decision when it definitively extended First Amendment protections to an anonymous blog poster who attacked an elected town councilman in Smyrna, Del. More importantly, the […]

Russia’s Bloggers Under Attack

If you haven’t been paying attention to one of the largest countries in the world is persecuting bloggers. I’ve written up a summary in the ClarkWP Magazine site produced by my Clark College WordPress students, “The New Blogger’s Law in Russia.” In December 2013, the Russian parliament passed a law to allow the blocking of […]

Blog Exercises: The Don’ts of Blogging

Did you know there is a Blogger’s Code of Conduct? It’s on Wikipedia. Initiated by Tim O’Reilly, it is as follows: Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments. Consider eliminating anonymous comments. Don’t feed the trolls. Take the […]

A Day of Healing and Suffering at the Clackamas Mall

“I feel greedy.” We stood in the cold outside the Clackamas Mall, arms wrapped around each other, watching the crowd expand to release individuals and couples to step forward and place their candles on the memorial stage. The faces of the two deceased smiled over the mournful group gathered before them. The photographs were snapshots […]

Banned, Blocked, and Censored Bloggers

According to the American Library Association, September 30 through October 6, 2012, is a salute to Banned Books week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together […]

Protect Yourself Online With Common Sense

Social Networking Safety Tips by DygiScape is a thought-provoking look at staying safe while participating in social networking services. It’s no question that social networking Web sites are growing rapidly everyday. This growing trend of sharing yourself more and more online; safety is often overlooked. Setting forth some safety guidelines will benefit the users of […]

Can The DMCA Be Used Against You If Someone Doesn’t Like What You Blog?

According to the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Contract Watch, public features are misusing the DMCA, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which is designed to protect copyrights on the web. The announcement references a recent Electronic Frontier Foundation press release about a suit brought against a defendant which used the DMCA to request […]

Is Your Blog Ready for Web 3.0?

Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services by Read/Write/Web gives us more than a glimpse into the future of websites and blogs – Web 3.0 is being build here and now. Are you paying attention? Today’s Web has terabytes of information available to humans, but hidden from computers. It is a paradox that information […]

Podcast Release WordPress Plugin Helps You Get Permission

Podcast Release WordPress Plugin is a novel use of a WordPress Plugin that helps you blog better and professionally. According to MWGblog’s Michael W. Geoghegan, the Podcast Release WordPress Plugin creates a Podcast Release form. This is a permission form to use your voice and words in a published podcast, on your site. It provides […]

The Debate Over Comments and Trackbacks

Which came first? The comment or the trackback? Or should I be more clear in my question? Which should come first? The comments or the trackbacks? I have long been a fan of separating trackbacks from comments. Comments are the dialog and trackbacks are the outside discussions, incoming links from sites discussing the topic on […]

Are Blog Comments Getting You Down?

EduBlog Insights offers some insights with “Sometimes Blogging is Difficult”, a poetic insight into the challenges blogging offers. Can’t blog, Too difficult, “Nondiscussables” abound, A few dilemmas, What to do? Best wishes, Amen. Sometimes blogging is difficult, at least for me. I haven’t been able to blog lately because I’ve been thinking a great deal […]

Blog Challenge: Blog About Those Who Dare to Speak Out

According to a news story on BBC News, Amnesty International is asking bloggers to show their support for freedom of speech. The human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals. The organisation said fundamental rights such as free speech […]

Are Blogs Now News Sources? Google Thinks So

According to Micro Persuasion, Google has added Google Blog Search to the Google News search bar links. Hmmm, that’s interesting. Blogs as “news” or “news resources” is still a hotly debatable point. Most blogs merely rehash the news with opinions and conjecture. A few actually report the news though, which challenges the fine line between […]

Ethan Zuckerman: Blog Anonymously with WordPress.com

Ethan Zuckerman offers a way for bloggers to blog anonymously with WordPress.com. Blogging anonymously is not for just anyone. Zuckerman is very clear that this technique is for those who are blogging at the risk of their lives, not trying to hide because it’s a “cool thing to do”. The process consists of a series […]

Editing Your Blog Comments

I’ve written a lot about comments, how to handle them, respond to them, and some guidelines for posting comments. One aspect of comments rarely covered indepth is the issue of editing your comments. Not “your” comments left on other blogs, but the comments you receive on your blog. As a general rule, you can judge […]

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