Thursday, January 1, 2009 on Facebook ban

This'll feel like me going off on somewhat of a tangent considering my ever-present focus on political issues, but I think it's important enough to be mentioned as it concerns the future of my site and the “behind the scenes” matters that occur when you're reading these posts.

Lately, I've been looking for ways to take a look at the more political aspects of the blog itself, and its role as a method of communicating my opinions on topics that sometimes invite a lot of controversy. When you're blogging about global politics, people tend to get involved, and it's one of the most popular subjects if you follow the rankings of sites like the CNN blog on the WordPress ranking tables.

Loads of blogs about blogging (bit of a matryoshka principle, I know) like the MoreDigital blog do a lot of talking about the political and industrial issues surrounding the art of representing political ideas through blogging and social networking, and it's something to think about. Do I become a politically-biased site by commenting one way or another?

In fact, is neutrality really the way to go at all? Is it not just a scam to convince others you have no political opinions? When you really think about it, aren't we treading on thin ice when we know that people researching the same issue but supporting a different political or ideological standpoint and then focus this into your comments section. What seems like an interesting issue can quickly devolve into a desperate battle of self-defence against those who see your blog post as anything but neutral.

When you're thinking about posts like MoreDigital's blog about the Facebook ban in Pakistan and the resulting controversy surrounding the offensive images of the Prophet Mohammed, you've got to give them credit – that takes serious courage to come out and tackle an issue like that without staying neutral. The important thing is however, like their post, to make sure the reader knows they support both sides, while only criticising the arguments made themselves.

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