Alright. Being a good janitor, I am naturally hardworking, which is why just a few minutes after my first post, I present to you my second one. I am here to discuss one of the messiest things to come out of the local blogosphere in the past few days. Yep, that's right. I'm talking about the call for the formation of a National Blogger's Association.
I'm just going to go right ahead and say it. The idea of a National Blogger's Association is made of stupid. It is also arrogant and pretentious. Now while I would like to hope that to a lot of people, this much is obvious, we have to accept the fact that there are those who will require an explanation as to why. I'm going to keep this short.
It's stupid because its creation can potentially generate more of the same kinds of problems that it seeks to address. For instance, while it seeks to unify bloggers, it seems rather obvious that this idea has caused much division. Ironic? Perhaps. Stupid? I would say definitely.
The manner in which it is being created is also stupid in that it is spearheaded by a small but noisy minority who chose to carry things out in subterfuge. This manifesto was made in the shadows:
- the promotion and development of blogging, vlogging, photoblogging, microblogging and other online creative and expressive forms in all their diverse categories, topics and types
- the gathering and sharing of Philippine blogging’s best practices that reflect our contributions to ourselves and our online communities, media, causes, organizations and businesses, government, the nation and the world
- the drafting and adoption of a code of ethics that underscore the community’s responsibility and maturity; and
- the discussion of issues and concerns that confront the community and members of the community
- the promotion of more affordable, reliable and better internet access in the country
Given the spirit of what they seek to achieve, shouldn't this have been created using a wiki or any other openly collaborative platform?
Personally, I also find the endeavor rather pompous. No. Not ambitious. Pompous. The assumption that they can bring the millions upon millions of bloggers to band together and agree on this reeks of arrogance.
Let's look at one particular example, the notion of representation. Given the status quo, while there may be some who might seem to represent bloggers in a bad light, the lot of us can easily say, "No. Those bloggers do not in any official manner represent me or any other blogger for that matter." And in most cases, that will be the end of it. Enter now an actual "association" claiming to represent all of us bloggers. Given the ease by which most of traditional media still misunderstand the blogosphere, the danger here is that this "association" could very well be regarded by the mainstream as a de facto official representative. Who the hell gave them that right?
Well that's my two cents. I hope I managed to clean things up for you even if only a little bit. Stand by for more web mopping sweeping goodness next time!