Digital Culture

Blog ethics

Paul Jones pinged me today to let me know that one of his current students is doing some research into Blogs and Ethics. While it looks like it’s pretty heavily geared towards “Blogs as Journalism” I thought that some of my esteemed readers might have something to say. Here’s the summary from the site:

I am a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I am researching ethics in the blogosphere, and I am using this blog to gather the opinions and insights of active bloggers. I invite you to answer the following questions by publicly posting your comments or by e-mailing me at mgkuhn at email dot unc dot edu.

It’s an interesting take, in that he breaks down the first three questions into the philosopher who first popularized that particular twist on ethics: Rawls (Stakeholder), Ross (prima facie Duty), or Kant(Absolute Duty). The last couple of questions are more personal, focusing on the function and purpose of blogging for you.

I’ll hold off on questioning why he stuck with those three, out of the hundreds of ethical styles, and simply say: go comment! I’ll reflect on the types, and comment in a bit, after I managed to lay aside my humanist ethics for awhile and put on these other coats.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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