April 8, 9-11am
This workshop addresses practical considerations associated with ethical blogging.
Moderator: Sandeep Junnarker
Branding Credibility: Blogging Ethics from the Consumers’ Perspective, Steve Siff, Ohio University
Can Blogging be More than Punditry and Emotional Rhetoric? Ethical Blogging Through Authenticity, Karen Mishra, University of North Carolina
Authentic blog communication is a potential way to overcome a lack of trust by harnessing the reliable voice of company experts to build long-term relationships between a firm and its constituents.
The Implications of Blogs for Democracy in the Arab World, Ali Mohamed, McGill University
The blog phenomenon in the Arab world has not yet ripened to the point that its effects can be accurately judged. Until now, Arab blogs have not received much attention from communication researchers or professionals. However, from the evidence that seems to be accumulating, I argue that the positive impact of the Internet and weblogs in the Arab world may be predominantly seen in the way in which they mediate the flow of news and information. I believe that blogs will revolutionize the Arab world, as they continue to turn up the pressure on Arab governments to come to terms with the winds of change that have started to blow through the Arab World.