Civility? They’re proposing a code of conduct for the blogosphere to ensure civility online?
Who’s kidding who here?
Before you can expect a bunch of utterly spoiled, self-indulgent bloggers (i.e. the kind who indulge in their online mudslinging) to practice civility, you might try restoring a bit of it to what passes for civilization these days.
Civility is all about self-restraint. It’s not about being told by someone else to say „no,“ but finding the inner resolve to say it to yourself. Call it self-discipline. Call it having a little class. Whatever name you give it, it’s almost completely absent from modern society.
And in a culture where idolatry of the crass and vulgar encourages the mantra of instant gratification and me-so-important, what the hell do you expect?
Which is why Tim O’Reilly’s proposal for a code of conduct won’t fly.
Unfortunately, you can’t just pass a bunch of rules to make incivility go away. Someone who has been getting his way since he was 2 and has grown up into a self-involved, bombastic narcissist isn’t going to have a come-to-Jesus moment just because he’s offended somebody’s sense of etiquette. You can put earrings on a hog but it’s still a hog, y’know?
So trying to impose some sort of artificial code on the blogosphere is pretty much a waste of time. Love the sentiment, though.
Wer weiterliest, findet auch gleich noch einen netten Rant zum Verhältnis von Blogging und Journalismus.