David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Technology 25 (3):415-434 (2012)
The article provides an instructive in-depth analysis of communicative practices in the personal blog. Its aim is to document the discursive dynamics and interactional ethics of blogging, with a specific focus on negotiations of the blogging self in-between public and private. Based on key findings from an empirical case study of personal blogs, the article addresses the negotiation of the blogging self from three interdependent perspectives: the network structures, patterns of interaction, and thematic orientations of the blog. Instead of approaching the online self as the individual blogger’s self-presentation to an often unknown and unfamiliar audience, I analyse and discuss the ‘blogging self’ as a relational and collaborative accomplishment, as something that is constantly subject to negotiation between author and readers, and is framed by the blog as a communicative genre. The theoretical foundation for this relational approach to the self is inspired by the work of sociologist Georg Simmel on how individuals attune to their networks of affiliation in a process of socialisation (Simmel 1955). The article contributes to the discussion of ethical behaviour and privacy protection in social media by highlighting the role of phatic communication in the blog. Specifically, I demonstrate how participants in the blog network negotiate and maintain an ethos of privacy protection in and through practices associated with the phatic. They do this by adhering to a ‘principle of sociability’, allowing them to experience their communication as personal but not private.
|Keywords||Negotiated selves Blogging Network Ethos of privacy Phatic communication Principle of sociability Simmel|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Luciano Floridi (2005). The Ontological Interpretation of Informational Privacy. Ethics and Information Technology 7 (4):185-200.
David W. Shoemaker (2010). Self-Exposure and Exposure of the Self: Informational Privacy and the Presentation of Identity. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 12 (1):3-15.
May Thorseth (2008). Reflective Judgment and Enlarged Thinking Online. Ethics and Information Technology 10 (4):221-231.
Harvey Sacks & Gail Jefferson (1995). Lectures on Conversation. Human Studies 18 (2):327-336.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Martin Kuhn (2007). Interactivity and Prioritizing the Human: A Code of Blogging Ethics. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 22 (1):18 – 36.
José Angel García Landa, Ensayando el blog - Qué aporta tu post (Essaying the blog - Your post's contribution).
Paul B. de Laat (2008). Online Diaries: Reflections on Trust, Privacy, and Exhibitionism. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 10 (1):57-69.
Kalynne Hackney Pudner (2007). “Comment Me Back”: Expectations of Intimacy in the Culture of Blog. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 21 (1):65-71.
Yair Galily, Ilan Tamir & Ofer Muchtar (2012). The Sport-Blogging Community and the Public Sphere: An Israeli Perspective. Journal for Communication and Culture 2 (1):68-87.
Irene Pollach (2011). Online Privacy as a Corporate Social Responsibility: An Empirical Study. Business Ethics 20 (1):88-102.
Gloria González Fuster (2010). Inaccuracy as a Privacy-Enhancing Tool. Ethics and Information Technology 12 (1):87-95.
Elin Palm (2009). Privacy Expectations at Work—What is Reasonable and Why? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (2):201 - 215.
John S. Wilkins (2008). The Roles, Reasons and Restrictions of Science Blogs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23 (8):411-413.
José Angel García Landa (2008). Blogs and the Narrativity of Experience. Information Systems: Behavioral and Social Methods Working Papers Series 2 (6).
Keren Lehavot (2009). “Myspace” or Yours? The Ethical Dilemma of Graduate Students' Personal Lives on the Internet. Ethics and Behavior 19 (2):129 – 141.
Jacques Penders (2004). Privacy in (Mobile) Telecommunications Services. Ethics and Information Technology 6 (4):247-260.
David D. Perlmutter & Mary Schoen (2007). "If I Break a Rule, What Do I Do, Fire Myself?" Ethics Codes of Independent Blogs. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 22 (1):37 – 48.
Helen Nissenbaum (1997). Toward an Approach to Privacy in Public: Challenges of Information Technology. Ethics and Behavior 7 (3):207 – 219.
Dawn Jutla (2010). Layering Privacy on Operating Systems, Social Networks, and Other Platforms by Design. Identity in the Information Society 3 (2):319-341.
Added to index2011-04-09
Total downloads24 ( #124,740 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?