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Review David Wallace addresses the positive and empowering impact blogs have had on politics, information sharing and public life while also pointing out that anyone can and sometimes will exploit that power to willfully harm others. --Joshua Filler President of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. in Washington, DC; former Dir. of the Office of State & Local Gov't. Coordinatio Review David Wallace addresses the positive and empowering impact blogs have had on politics, information sharing and public life while also pointing out that anyone can and sometimes will exploit that power to willfully harm others. --Joshua Filler President of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. in Washington, DC; former Dir. of the Office of State & Local Gov't. Coordination, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; and former Dir. of Local Affairs, White House Office of Homeland Security David Wallace tackles blogging, the dark side of the Internet, head-on and speaks so eloquently from painful personal experience about the need to inject a sense of fairness and balance into the blogging process--and to do so without trampling on our first amendment rights. No subject could be more timely or appropriate this election year. --Ed Wax, Chairman Emeritus, Saatchi & Saatchi, A Major Global Advertising Agency We live in a technical world that is beginning to affect our fundamental principles of freedom, democracy, and rules of law. The birth of blogging has created yet another powerful tool for freedom of speech, and Wallace queries how it will define us as Americans and offers a model for our children and grandchildren to follow. --Robert Scoble, Best known for his popular blog Scobleizer; coauthor, Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers Freedom of speech is alive and well in the blogosphere, but at what price? One Nation Under Blog explores the enormous significance and potential impact of Web logs on every aspect of our lives. From our children's comments on MySpace, to an employee's discussion of internal corporate issues, to fabricated statements about a presidential candidate--blogs can change lives forever with the click of a mouse. Imagine how history might have been altered if blogging had been available and used to target presidents like George Washington, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Wallace shares his first-hand experience with the impact of blogs while Mayor of Sugar Land, Texas, Homeland Security Advisory Council appointee and contributor to a nationally recognized Internet safety program. One Nation Under Blog introduces an intense discussion on how blogs affect our sense of security and the need for a code of conduct among bloggers for future generations.


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Review David Wallace addresses the positive and empowering impact blogs have had on politics, information sharing and public life while also pointing out that anyone can and sometimes will exploit that power to willfully harm others. --Joshua Filler President of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. in Washington, DC; former Dir. of the Office of State & Local Gov't. Coordinatio Review David Wallace addresses the positive and empowering impact blogs have had on politics, information sharing and public life while also pointing out that anyone can and sometimes will exploit that power to willfully harm others. --Joshua Filler President of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. in Washington, DC; former Dir. of the Office of State & Local Gov't. Coordination, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; and former Dir. of Local Affairs, White House Office of Homeland Security David Wallace tackles blogging, the dark side of the Internet, head-on and speaks so eloquently from painful personal experience about the need to inject a sense of fairness and balance into the blogging process--and to do so without trampling on our first amendment rights. No subject could be more timely or appropriate this election year. --Ed Wax, Chairman Emeritus, Saatchi & Saatchi, A Major Global Advertising Agency We live in a technical world that is beginning to affect our fundamental principles of freedom, democracy, and rules of law. The birth of blogging has created yet another powerful tool for freedom of speech, and Wallace queries how it will define us as Americans and offers a model for our children and grandchildren to follow. --Robert Scoble, Best known for his popular blog Scobleizer; coauthor, Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers Freedom of speech is alive and well in the blogosphere, but at what price? One Nation Under Blog explores the enormous significance and potential impact of Web logs on every aspect of our lives. From our children's comments on MySpace, to an employee's discussion of internal corporate issues, to fabricated statements about a presidential candidate--blogs can change lives forever with the click of a mouse. Imagine how history might have been altered if blogging had been available and used to target presidents like George Washington, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Wallace shares his first-hand experience with the impact of blogs while Mayor of Sugar Land, Texas, Homeland Security Advisory Council appointee and contributor to a nationally recognized Internet safety program. One Nation Under Blog introduces an intense discussion on how blogs affect our sense of security and the need for a code of conduct among bloggers for future generations.

4 review for One Nation Under Blog: Forget the Facts...Believe What I Say!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Wallace shares his own experiences in the blogosphere and what he makes of them. He also leaves no doubt as to how important he thinks the First Amendment is and why it must continue to be defended. However, he agrees with Justice Oliver Wendell Homes, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic." The same can be said of bloggers who post comments online that are clearly in violation of various laws such as those pr Wallace shares his own experiences in the blogosphere and what he makes of them. He also leaves no doubt as to how important he thinks the First Amendment is and why it must continue to be defended. However, he agrees with Justice Oliver Wendell Homes, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic." The same can be said of bloggers who post comments online that are clearly in violation of various laws such as those protecting against libel, slander, defamation of character, fraud, extortion, etc. It is also unclear whether or not bloggers' violations of property laws (e.g. copyrights) can be brought to justice. Cordelia Kevlar is the best-qualified candidate for governor? "Forget the facts...believe what I say!" Subprime mortgages are risky? "Forget the facts...believe what I say!" Global warning threatens our planet? "Forget the facts...believe what I say!" In the United States, at least, there are laws and regulations covering almost all human activities and in their absence, guidelines have been agreed upon. If I understand Wallace correctly, he does not recommend adding to the number of laws and regulations; rather, he suggests that bloggers voluntarily follow a code of conduct, that they be self-regulated and mutually respectful. There are several excellent books already in print that discuss various aspects of blogging, notably those written by Robert Bly, John Cass, Ted Demopoulos, David Meerman Scott, and Debbie Weil. To the best of my knowledge, Wallace is the first to address a number of important issues concerning public policy, regulatory agencies, constitutional rights, and personal accountability. That is why I think so highly of this book. Unless and until these issues are resolved, however, and then appropriate actions taken, perpetrators of online abuse will continue to have almost unlimited opportunities to attack almost anyone, anywhere, at any time...and do so with impunity. A situation such as this is not what our ancestors had in mind when they ratified the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights (including the First Amendment) more than three centuries ago.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diana Nagy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Carter

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

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