Jeff Jarvis makes an interesting point about social networking, Google presence and generally being known on the internet:
look at the benefits of publicness: We can maintain richer friendships longer. We may be more careful to act civilly in public. We may become more forgiving of others’ lapses of civility and sense in the hopes that they will forgive ours: the golden rule of the social life online, I hope. We can make connections with people with shared interests and needs. We act more socially. We find we can do more together than apart. We invest in and protect our identities and communities. We organize and act collaboratively to improve this world. Yes, there are risks to publicness and to losing privacy. But the benefits of life in the public are great. That is what my private peers do not realize but what the young public understands in their souls.
I like his thinking. True, it’s idealistic, but he’s highlighting the positive aspects to having a public presence on the web.
There are obvious privacy concerns, and one must be aware of how one’s web history can come back to haunt. The upside, Jarvis argues, is that other people have similar pasts and must forgive yours should they expect to be forgiven themselves.
Besides, there’s no reason you can’t have a weblife in public and not maintain a substantial degree of privacy.
Russian politics is a strange beast. The elected leader is a strongman who rules with an iron grip, and is in the process of subverting the constitution to remain as de facto ruler. It calls itself a democracy, but then you have this:
Opposition leader and chess legend Garry Kasparov was jailed for five days Saturday after being arrested during a protest against President Vladimir Putin a week before parliamentary elections.
He was sentenced for organising an unsanctioned march and refusing to obey police orders, but told reporters the charges were “unfounded”.
And what if the pro-Putin marches had been unsanctioned? Would there have been a similar crackdown? I think you know the answer to that one.
At the end of December I will be flying to the United Arab Emirates to start work at a new paper in Abu Dhabi. It’s a very exciting time — I have never worked on a start-up, and it’s ambitions and aims are really firing my imagination.
The paper, which will launch in the first quarter of next year, is being edited by Martin Newland, former editor of The Daily Telegraph and former deputy editor of the National Post. He has recruited people from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as well as his previous titles. Some employees with a presence in the blogosphere include Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, the deputy comment editor, and Colin Randall, the executive news editor.
Although it will be a huge change for me, I just can’t afford to turn down this opportunity. I have been lucky to work with some wonderful and talented people in the Irish Examiner but I’m looking forward to taking on this new challenge.
I have an apartment which I will be renting from the company and I’m already plotting and planning what I’ll do with the place — though I’ll be sticking to the bare basics until I get settled.
Blogging will continue though, with a fresh perspective on the world at large. 😀
My Facebook friend Mary has begun blogging on life and her move back to Ireland:
I will also say that 2007 has been a year of great change for me… I’ve pretty much been through it all this year…. but I don’t want to get boring and send you all to sleep, so I’ll just say that 2007 is the year my life begins again… a clean slate and a perfect opportunity to start again…
… SO, I take this ‘once in a lifetime’ second chance, and I hope to make the very best of it…
Visit her here.
… Bill Bailey style
As found on John Mortell’s blog.