« Responsibility lies on both sides | Main | Intertextuality has pros and cons »

With great power comes great responsibility

Schackner, ''Freedom of speech redefined by blogs'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)
"Soon, the author himself was responding all the way from England, pledging to re-examine an upcoming edition given her critique."

This is mind-boggling; to think that the very authors you are criticizing might see what you are writing about them gives you much more of a sense of power and responsibility. I certainly would never want to put anything too personal or insulting on anything I blogged because it is very visible. I think you have to maintain the utmost degree of respectfulness when you're writing these things.

Comments (2)

Peter Parker is a wise man... I love that quote.

I agree that being respectful of others is vitally important if you want others to respect you. Certainly there is nothing wrong with posting a thoughtful opinion that states why you didn't like such-and-such a book, but personal insults or wild guesses is a bit over the line. I have developed a particular blogging voice that I use when I'm very conscious that what I write will be archived for years and years; my in-class teaching persona is a bit more freewheeling.

Lou Gagliardi:

It was uncle ben that said that quote to Peter Parker, by the way.

But I agree with everything Dr. Jerz said.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on January 24, 2007 6:48 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Responsibility lies on both sides.

The next post in this blog is Intertextuality has pros and cons.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.