Questioning validity and morality of blogs

I stumbled upon a few of the same shared links on Facebook, proving that traffic to a link puts it on more people’s newsfeeds, a useful tactic of social media. The link led me to a blog called Return of Kings with an appalling article-type post entitled ‘5 Reasons to Date a Girl With An Eating Disorder.’ At first, I wasn’t sure if it was real, but as I read on, the arguments seemed to get more legitimate as they went on. Even if the blogger meant for it to be some sort of sick joke, it was not. This goes to show that crazy things can be posted to sites that might have a good reputation and then spoil that reputation. I had never heard of the site before, but it is basically a blog for men. I think this puts a negative light on men’s moral values because there are some guys out there who believe in different sorts of degradation of women, some believe it jokingly, but posting about it on the internet can have negative effects on those who read it. The internet has little censorship, especially in this aspect, so it is important to know when to question the validity and morality of what you are reading, especially if it is on a blog that anyone can post on.

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Hello! I am a freshman at UMass Amherst from Hopkinton, MA. I love to play the flute in Marching Band, Hoop Band, and Concert Band at UMass. I also enjoy playing tennis. This blog was made specifically for Journalism 201, a class I took in hopes of confirming that I would like to major in Journalism. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @karen_pod
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2 Responses to Questioning validity and morality of blogs

  1. celineni says:

    At first, reading about the blog I was filled with outrage and disbelief that there are still people in this world that honestly believe this sort of sexism and discrimination is acceptable. However after clicking around and reading bit and pieces about the author, I was surprised to find myself more understanding of the author’s purpose, putting aside my personal opinion. In no way shape or form should this blog exist or be acceptable whatsoever. The way I believe this should be approached is similar to racism in our society. There is no question that racism continues to exist today, more times than not it is because some people just don’t know any better. It is the responsibility of our society as readers that come across this type of controversial discussion to take it upon ourselves to face the issue and comment on it, not just simply read and turn away. By commenting, it is not to convince the author rather to identify the morality of the issue and share with everyone else who comes across the post. Like racism, it will never go away by being silenced and avoiding the discussion. We as readers have just as much of a responsibility to share our opinion as the blogger has the right to practice freedom of speech. It is highly unfortunate that people are actually sharing such profane articles like ROK and, unfortunately, it is not possible to control what people do and publish on the internet. However as individuals taking part in the exchange of ideas via this medium, we can control how we react to what is posted by creating a discussion to argue every single unjust statement, allowing for readers to come across and form their own thought – the battle against the issue of racism is much older to the world, battling sexism is fairly newer but can be fought stronger with the larger dependence on the internet.

  2. ndecaille says:

    After reading this post I was also shocked that the internet could mimic those places in the world that have no desire to be mindful of how their attitudes affect people. Are we democratizing this new frontier by saying we all have a responsibility to police it? One of the things I grapple with in class is the role of being a consumer versus an activist. I do think that blogs and spaces created to degrade and be ignorant of others is annoying, but how is the space on the internet different from those staunch racists who express their opinions in politics and through media images? Is there an underlying moral obligation that we don’t have in the “real world” where these opinions go unnoticed unless publicized?

    I think one of the bigger questions I’m still asking myself after our discussions is are we trying to create this moral and democratic space that we don’t have in the real world? One of the few answers I have come up with is that we are challenging the extent of free speech and changing the way our children will interact with this democratic space. Simply saying this can be a good or bad thing flattens the complexity of a questions we will have to answer; whether or not we will be the activist or a consumer.

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