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Friday, October 28, 2005

Forbes: Blogging Minus Accountability Equals Damage

Forbes has a decent article highlighting the problem of lack of accountability combined with the growing influence of blogging. The author documents a few cases where bloggers caused a great deal of damage to individuals and companies. In each case a mob of bloggers acted as prosecuter, jury and executioner.

Of course it is no surprise that the blogosphere has exhibited this same mob-attack behaviour on the writer of the article. Robert Scoble conceded that there was some truth to what Forbes wrote, but suggested conversation with the mob-bloggers was the answer. The article clearly highlighted how conversation was ineffective with the blog-mob.

Power without accountability is a dangerous mix and it is very sad that the blogosphere as a group is Clueless about the potential consequences and possible solutions.