As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m taking a class this semester called Ethics on the Digital Frontier where we’re looking at the way traditional journalism ethics are changing as the media landscape expands and evolves. I’m writing my final paper about blogging ethics, specifically looking at the questions raised for book bloggers regarding the FTC’s recent disclosure guidelines.
In order to make sure the paper doesn’t just have my impressions as a book blogger about the guidelines, I’m turning to all of you to get your thoughts on the FTC guidelines and disclosures issues more generally.
If you have time to answer the following four questions, I would really appreciate it. Answers will be generally anonymous — I have no plans to publish the paper (other than here on the blog if readers are interested), and will happily remove your name or blog affiliation if privacy is a concern.
- Before the FTC disclosure guidelines were published, did you have a review or disclosure policy for your blog?
- What was your reaction when you heard about the FTC disclosure guidelines? Did you post this response (and could you share a link)?
- Since the FTC guidelines took effect, what changes have you made to your blog or the way you write about books?
- What types of relationships do you feel bloggers are ethically obligated to disclose (ie ignoring the FTC requirements)?
If you’re comfortable, feel free to leave your answers in the comments. If not, please e-mail them to sophisticated.dorkiness [at] gmail.com.
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