What is commonly referred to as cyber stalking and internet homicide has shed new light on the importance of media regulation in safeguarding of one’s own life and bodily welfare and spiritual welfare and that of others constantly begging the question, who is really in control?
The source of such increasing abuses is often attributed to the egoism anarchy system that is known as social media and blogging. Many bloggers are amateur journalists and like to differentiate and excuse themselves to the point of impunity from professional reporters who work in mainstream media organizations. Some institutions and organizations interpreted blogging as a means of “getting around the filter” of accountability and media “gatekeepers” and pushing their messages directly to the public.
While a blogger’s anonymity is often tenuous, Internet trolls who would attack a blogger with threats and insults can be emboldened by the anonymity of the online environment.
The blogger’s code of conduct is a proposal by Tim O’Reilly arising from threats and misogynistic insults made to blogger Kathy Sierra for bloggers themselves to enforce civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their own blog. The idea of the code was first reported by BBC News, who quoted O’Reilly timidly saying, “I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behavior, I would hope that it doesn’t come through any kind of regulation it would come through self-regulation.”
Surely standing up to error is part of personal moral courage and exercising self-control and the responsible use of free expression and honoring the public interest through the universal protection of media regulation!
So can private self-regulation really hope to work effectively in a worldwide system that spans the depths of space travel and the universe?
- Picture of the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image shows some of the most remote galaxies visible with present technology, each consisting of billions of stars. The image’s area of sky is very small – equivalent in size to one tenth of a full moon from “Hubble’s Deepest View of Universe Unveils Never-Before-Seen Galaxies”. HubbleSite.org. Retrieved 2016-01-02 on Wikipedia.