Should the blogosphere accept civility standards for itself? On leading blogger, Lisa Stone at BlogHer believes so and is advocating that everyone adopt some rules of their own.
The blogosphere is still the wild, wild west, and sometimes personal and public civility don't seem to be part of the new culture. But it's increasingly becoming a part of the self-policing that bloggers are getting better and better at.
Take Lisa Stone of Palo Alto based "BlogHer". She has a mission to establish some basic standards of behavior in the same way that webmasters developed privacy standards as the world wide web began growing by leaps and bounds in the late 90s. Lisa is a journalist and media strategist who has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Tribune, Publisher's Weekly and Frommer's, among other publications. She spends a lot of time advocating for users.
In a Tuesday (July 10) interview on San Francisco's KQED public radio, Lisa spoke about her desire to see the entire blogosphere, especially the often raucous political segment, agree to a little civility. What does she say on her own site?
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