Responsible Social Networking and Blogging Research Paper

The paper examines the phenomena and rapid spread of social networking sites and blogs, their influence on users and the responsibility this puts on site owners and users.
# 109310 | 2,096 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2008 in Communication (Mass Media) , Computer and Technology (Internet) , Ethics (General)

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Over the past few years we have witnessed an explosion in the number of social networking sites in all shapes and forms as well as an even greater spread in the use of blogs as a means of information dissemination and communication. This paper examines the development of the social networking and blog culture and discusses the responsibility that networking site owners and blog publishers have both to themselves and the larger world of internet users. The author examines the case for free speech and freedom of expression that social networking and blogging is built around as opposed to the need for social responsibility and the preservation of picture and privacy. The work has one drawing and extensive links to internet sites.

From the Paper:

"Now that the technological era is booming, and far from reaching its pinnacle any time in the near future, the computer and items pertaining to the industry reign supreme. This 'regime of the networks' will last because their uses are vastly increasing to a seemingly infinite number. Moreover, whether information is hoarded, transferred, or rubbed out, it can all be done through such networks. Among the various types, social networks are best suited for examining the responsibilities of users and providers. Although there is a substantially tactile presence when being 'social' in its truest form, social networks allow the physical manipulations of data, info, or even programs in the vast 'cyber space' to make a presence of intangible character, something nevertheless palpable in mindset. This is important to comprehend because based on this assumption, regulations, prohibitions, and responsibilities are developed to help maintain an ethical and legal area. These responsibilities and regulations help in preventing the constant cleansing and upkeep by the provider of such areas based on nonsensical, irresponsible acts on both ends. However, these responsibilities should be balanced, where both sides' obligations are abecedarian enough to actually make an effect."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Blogger Content Policy." Blogger. 29 May 2008 <>.
  • "Blogger Terms of Service." Blogger. 28 May 2008 <>.
  • Blood, Rebecca. The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog. Da Capo P. Google Book Search. 30 May 2008 <,M1>.
  • "Facebook Phenomenon Latest Legal Obstacle, Say Critics." CBCNews.Ca. 4 Jan. 2008. 23 May 2008 <>.
  • "Internet Users Must Understand Their Online Responsibilities." ISPA. 16 May 2004. 26 May 2008 <>.

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