Are The BBC Blogs In A State Of Confusion?

I have just started to realise how many blogs there actually are at the BBC, even if most of them are extremely hard to find unless one takes a look at the “BBC News blogs” area somewhere in the rightmost column of some blogs.

For example I knew already of Richard Black’s blog, and there is a link to it in the BBC Science News page, but no trace at all in the “BBC blog network“. Or perhaps I am not looking hard enough.

Today I “discovered” Tom Feilden’s blog…only because Tom has sent a link to it to me. Nothing about it in the “blog network” either. In there, there is instead a link to the Climate Change “Bloom” blog, mysteriously abandoned since 29 July (hopefully the people over there have not been sent to a re-education camp 8-) )

If one goes to what might have been the “home” page for the BBC reporters’ blogs there appears a sad page that has been dead for three years (a terrible thing for a news organization, if you ask me).

And where people would actually look, the left column of every page, no link to any blog at all. Is the Corporation as such singularly uninterested in blogs of all things, one wonders?

No Blogs For Thin-Skinned People

Troubled times at the National Review, apparently. Especially so if this is an example of their attitude:

[...] conservative [...] columnist Kathleen Parker, received when she wrote a column in National Review that argued Palin was unfit to be vice president. Parker received nearly 11,000 e-mails, one of which lamented that her mother did not abort her. “Who says public discourse hasn’t deteriorated?” she wrote in a follow-up column. (National Review, as Lowry pointed out, can hardly be held responsible for a reader’s nasty e-mail.)

There’s lots of persons out there on the internet. And there’s all sorts. If one cannot bear the thought of receiving “nasty” comments and messages, one should really stay away from the web.

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Taking Ownership of Our Online Identity

Robert M Lucky’s thoughts on IEEE Spectrum magazine for May 2007 deal with the problem that our online identities are seemingly out of our hands:

No one I know seems to like what the Internet thinks of them. It seems that there is a haphazard collection of vignettes that lack any coherence or soul.”

Well, there IS a first line of defense, and that of course is to “attack”.

As we are almost certain the Internet will talk about each one of us, then why don’t we talk about us, ourselves first?

We are free to write whatever we want in blogs, comments, articles, anything and everything that will put our preferred vignettes in that “haphazard collection“.

For all but the most famous people, internet search sites will quickly turn into showing our self-generated content on top of everything else: alas, and indeed, as each ego is the sentient being most interested into itself.

Privacy vs. Google

Master Plan – About the power of Google” is a 3m 14sec movie not-too-subtly accusing Google Inc. to be on the path to world domination.

Apparently recorded at the University of Ulm in Germany, it is a tad too professional to be a truly grass-root production. Anyway, what about its message?

Shall we be worried, very worried about the Power of Do-No-Evil Google?

Of course there is still disconnection as a solution to one’s privacy: abandon the Internet, move to a sparsely inhabited area, live off the land and hope not to deal with any Government anymore.

This would be absurd for most people. But for us “normal” web navigators and authors there is the additional issue that anything we write or do anywhere on the Internet can potentially be used against us, or in any case in ways we would not have envisaged at the beginning.

I can only think of two practical ways to fight back on the unrelenting push to get all our data recorded somewhere by somebody, be them Google (evil or not) or a camera saving our whereabouts and movement for posterity: become very visible, or very hidden.

In the first case, it is a matter of publishing one’s content in as many places on the web as possible. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for anybody willing to go even just a tad beyond using the Internet reading e-mails and the news.

The point is that when a search about you returns a few thousands of entries, it is be very hard to discern anything out of the “noise”.

The other “smokescreen” is to hide behind a pseudonym or set of pseudonyms to use for all online activities.

In theory this is very effective: in practice it is an armour as solid as warm butter, ready to give way at the first silly mistake, such as referring to one’s real name together with the fake one; or, as it happened some time ago, creating a private, secret club only to boast about it in the open.

Of course there is also a third way: build an online persona that has little or nothing to do with yourself. But who’s paranoid enough to conduct such a charade for months if not years?

At the end of the day, it is a matter of trying to keep as much control as possible, whatever the futility of such an endeavour.

And why not? If we have to fall anyway, it will be far more satisfactory to do it whilst fighting.

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