Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Blogging to reduce corruption?

Blogging is gaining momentum as more people have embraced it and has changed the way they view the web including access to information.


During the recent first blogging summit held at UP Diliman in Quezon City, Lawyer JJ Disini, managing partner of Disini & Disini Law Office said bloggers are writing and creating new content, thus, enriching Philippine culture and recorded history.

"We at the UP Law ISP wanted to have a dialogue with other bloggers about this emerging phenomenon. More and more people are starting to blog. It’s a new technology which has been embraced by many," said Disini.

There were many reasons why the summit on blogging was held, said Disini.

"First, bloggers need to have real world contact with other bloggers. While the interests may be divergent the act of maintaining a blog and writing away at it on a regular basis is enough common ground to get a conversation going."

"Second, more people need to blog. Blogging has the potential to close the gap between generations and provide information about things once kept out of view. There’s an element of transparency in life that blogging provides."

From a democratic standpoint, blogging can reduce corruption by providing more information about events that would otherwise escape public attention or the regular media.

"Third, mass media need to pay attention to blogging because more stories are originating from bloggers who act as citizen journalists. People will no longer rely on traditional media as their sole source of information — mass media will lose mindshare to bloggers.

"Fourth, there are many legal issues facing bloggers. For instance, should they be treated as journalists with the privilege of not disclosing their sources?"

Disini noted the conference focused on the broader issues concerning governance, journalism, and creativity.

"But there are more out there. It’s not possible for us to cover all of them. Technology is changed as it is used. It is changed by those who use it. SMS was not intended to unseat a head of state and still that’s what happened."

Disini said blogging is a far more versatile communication medium than SMS. Imagine what more it can do in politics, business, art and social life.

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