Wednesday, December 08, 2004

1. RAWLS and Your Blog

Who are the "stakeholders" with regard to your blog? Who will be affected by what you post?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I refuse to answer any question that uses "impact" as a verb, unless the questioner is a dentist. "Affected" is both an accurate description of it's use and a far more suitable alternative.

(Jay Tea,

7:59 PM  
Blogger Martin said...


I agree...I made the change.


8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Blogworthy says:

Who will be affected? Who knows, that is up to each individual reader. Probably no one. I write for my own satisfaction and enrichment; if it actually helps or entertains someone, I consider that a great bonus. To think I can "change the world" is probably a little naive and arrogant. Most people who disagree with me will not be convinced otherwise by reading my blog.

I do post many times with the intention of "setting the record straight." Big media bias is my nemesis. I am a very small voice in a chorus - perhaps collectively we can have an impact (heh heh).

I write from a Christian, conservative point of view.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Eric Muller said...

There is a small handful of regular commenters on my site who I guess I might consider "stakeholders." At times when I'm blogging intensely about revisionism and the Japanese American internment, I occasionally think of some Japanese Americans as temporary stakeholders.

That's about it. At the end of the day, I think, I am really the only permanent stakeholder in the blog.

10:42 PM  
Blogger John Kalb said...

Anyone who reads, I suppose, is a stakeholder, but I really don't know that I have a big enough ego to think that I've actually affected anyone or anything. I mostly do it for fun, and anyone who happens to read and/or comment is gravy.

John A. Kalb

1:43 AM  
Blogger Kin said...

There is one stakeholder...that being me. I decide what goes on my blog. I would hope there would be nobody affected by my blog, except maybe Canada. I blog on whatever interests me at the time.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stakeholders are myself, and anyone who reads the blog who knows me personally. Otherwise, people are left to their own devices in terms of how anything I write might affect them. I mention the people who know me personally, outside the context of reading my blog, because they're the ones I have to face offline as well as online - and they're the ones for whom I'm writing, the audience I imagine when I'm writing something. There are people who read my blog and do not know me offline, and those people? I have no idea who they are or why they're there. It's nice and all, but I didn't expect them to find their way to it.

I write from a leftist, secular point of view, if that matters. I mainly discuss video games and politics (and occasionally where they intersect).

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Affected? Those who read it, I hope.

What will the effect of their reading it be? Thought, pleasure and perhaps a touch of introspection.


12:46 PM  
Blogger Egg said...

I see my main stakeholder as myself. After that, probably people in my blogroll or those who comment on a regular basis. Then the rest of my readers.

In some way, I also see my circle of family and friends who either read or don't read my blog, also as my stakeholders as my blog is about me.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Stakeholders vary according to purpose. "Self" is a common one and true in my case. Those who regularly read and/or comment--a small group of friends and family. Non-readers in my familial/work/social circles who may be represented in thinly veiled terms. And then various slices of demographics who may be affected by a particular post (e.g. "people like me"--librarians, mothers of preschoolers, new Christ-followers....)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Fred Stutzman said...

The blogger is at stake in most transactions. When using a blog to frame discussion, the relationship set up between the blogger and the topic is usually referential to the position the blogger holds.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

I think the stakeholders are myself, my regular readers and whoever else stumbles upon my blog. Who knows if anyone is affected. I think that one of the reasons a lot of people blog, and this includes myself, is to try and change other people's opinions about the world, rightly or wrongly as that may be. I think that the world has become an extremely selfish place, too much exploitation and not enough attention paid to the environment. I would hope in someway to be able to influence people to challenge the George Bush world view, but that is probably wishfull thinking.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure who the stakeholders are. I know that some of my friends read my blog and unfortunately some of my family does too. Initially, I meant for the blog to be specifically targeted to librarians, but it has sort of morphed into "my life/my diary/my rants."

12:41 AM  
Blogger W. Ray Beaver said...

I think the stakeholders in my blog are myself and other pastors in the Christian church, and the aim of the blog is to provide new ideas and thoughts for people who are studying the lessons and preparing sermons for the coming Sunday. I don't know how many are affected (as opposed to how many have looked at the blog.)

1:36 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

I don't really know. I don't post personal info about anyone other than myself on my blogs. Therefore, I can be responsible only for how I'm affected. My readers have to take responsibility for how they might be affected.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stakeholders in my blog are the other team members writing there and the advertisers there, plus myself. If my blogging influences readers or gets picked up by larger media, the stakeholders could be too numerous to list.

Kevin Hayden
The American Street

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um - Here's an idea. Why don't you define your terms before requesting others respond? It's a little academic thing someone might have suggested beforehand.... You know, terms like 'blog' and 'ethics'.

Looking at your various postings it is apparent that you have a specific political point of view - think that might maybe influence your proposed paper? A little bit?

Academics these days.


9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posted by Mike Conway - UNC Chapel Hill

I consider the stakeholders to be my peers within the ITS organization. In other words, the majority of blogging I do is of a professional nature. Those affected are individuals also interested in the subject matter I am blogging on.

6:17 PM  
Blogger WhiteBox said...

When I post it is mostly for my own pleasure or for the entertainment/education of the other bloggers on Goin' Ape, beacause they share my interests. I have no way of knowing who actually reads the blog, the only people I can actually count on to read it are my co-bloggers. It's great if people have a reaction to my blogging, either positive or negative reaction. I'd rather someone get mad at me than just give a disinterested "meh."

We saw during the American election(I am Canadian of course)that when the mainstream media screwed up, global bloggers of the left AND the right were ready to pounce. Dan Rather paid dearly.

9:51 AM  
Blogger ElisaC said...

The answer is different depending upon which blog I writing in. An obvious answer for all blogs I maintain is "me." I am putting my opinions, values, feelings out there. I wouldn't be blogging if I didn't want to express those opinions etc., so I have a stake in articulating them clearly.

Now, if we're talking about the blogs I keep for clients, then clearly they are stakeholders. They are trusting me to be interesting, entertaining, informative etc.

Lastly, when it comes to my political blog, I have the temerity to think that all of my readers have a stake. I know that most political blog readers primarily (if not entirely) read bloggers they already agree with. And a reader doing that is probably looking for good ammunition and data to back up their opinions.

Who is affected?

I think when I write in a thinly veiled fashion about my SO, my family, my friends etc., I do think about their feelings about what I'm writing. I don't WANT them to feel they've been affected.

And I suppose when I write reviews of local theatre or other cultural events, those people I mention might be affected...if they ever actually read it, which they probably don't.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

I am the only stakeholder in my own blog.

Who will be affected by my blog, I cannot say. Surely, I will be affected. I try to ensure that no one is affected negatively.


2:25 PM  
Blogger Felix of Gainesville said...

Although every now and then I am under the delusion that people who read my blog will find some "wisdom" and guidance in what I have to write, in the end I realize that without a considerable amount of stature on the writer's part, my blog is only useful as an introductory medium to my thoughts but makes pretty much a useless affecting tool. Fxs

5:46 PM  
Blogger ElisaC said...

I spoke too soon when I said above:

"And I suppose when I write reviews of local theatre or other cultural events, those people I mention might be affected...if they ever actually read it, which they probably don't."

Recently I wrote a review in which I praised someone. The actor appreciated the praise but was offended by something I said in the review along the way. It's turned into this whole little email tiff, which I'll write an interesting blog post about at some point. Thing is: he asked me to CHANGE the comment he found offensive and got completely tweaked when I said I wouldn't just change it, but would be happy to discuss his grievance in a new post.

So, we cannot assume that those who read our blogs understand the blog culture: that they are an expression of of freedom of speech, that we demand transparency, and that it is considered very bad form to ever go back and cover your ass by changing something you wrote.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Journalists, academics, politicians, political operatives, bloggers in general, and any member of the public interested in the press-politics relationship.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Sandman said...

If anyone has a stake in my blog it's me, and I try to be true to myself and what I believe. As for affecting people, well we all write to be read, and we hope those who read it will be affected by what we write...

3:30 AM  
Blogger Blind Tangerine Jones said...

My blogs are for people who share my interests: it's a karass discovery tool. When I worked as a freelance translator, I blogged things that arose in my daily work or work-related wanderings that might be of interest to other translators. Now that I'm working as a newspaper managing editor, I try to blog on what it's like to be in my shoes doing the job--relating my day-to-day experience to what other people with similar shoes are dealing with. A blog is not primarily a journal on the Web; it's a collective journal of the Web, of the Web-spidering experience.

8:57 AM  
Blogger DocRichard said...

Only readers of the post will be affected by what I post.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Andrew Bartlett said...

I don't think that it's possible to say that the only people affected by a blog are the people that read it. We don't defend freedom of speech because it has no impact on the attitudes and behaviours of the listeners/readers/viewers, but because it does. The old defence of cultural products, 'if you don't like it, don't listen/read/watch' isn't adequate - the product must be defended on its own merits. I am affected by a cultural product I do not consume if it changes the attitudes and bahaviours of people around me, whether in my immediate community or in my wider cultural and political community. Everybody is 'affected' by a cultural product, but, naturally, for a product with such a small audience as mine, the ripples of effect are not strong.

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