Citizen Blogger

March 13, 2005

This Experiment in Democracy Idea

Can a Blogosphere Democracy arise and exist? A proposition must be put forth then amended as participation evolves; it may be a worthwhile effort.

My interaction with Blogs and Bloggers at DeepBlog.com (a site put together to help newcomers to the blogosphere find a good first impression of it) has left me with profound respect for this medium and the expertise and personalities in a multitude of subjects found within it. To me, Blogs are much more than a technology driven trend, political device, or social journal; in toto they represent Mans' desire and right to express at will. As well, I guess I am naive enough to believe in all this lofty speech buzzing around the "Sphere" on the wonderful attributes of both self-publishing and democracy.

No doubt, I have become an advocate for this medium and the historical milestone of free speech it represents. But in observing the reaction to blogs by MSM and the egocentricity within the Blogs, I began to think that "The Blogosphere" could benefit from democratic support and protection. And with electronic connections, digital data, and big bloggers and engines disseminating and collecting information, etc., the idea of a collective democratic voice for bloggers may be possible. At best, this idea should be debated and on its merit, and if furthered, adopted by others as their own; the idea will either ring true or not on its own. My intent is that the five sites of the "Blogosphere Democracy" be in the hands of the Foundation Board to where I will have no effect or influence on how a union of bloggers amend this idea and develop their Democracy. By nature, the Blogosphere exists under the notion that logic and truth (logos) will be found in the words expressed by any blogger. Some gain greater character (ethos) and others speak with high-passion, appealing to the emotional (pathos), but in the end, the Blogosphere should always remain wide open to any idea by any voice.

As an idea put forth, my reasoning is simple and clear: two branches of Bloggers (foundation and congress) to balance position and decision, one group blog (Guild) to express the beauty of blogging to the public outside the blogosphere, one group blog (Union) to interact with Bloggers for help and concerns, and one group blog (Bureau) to utilize the talents of bloggers who are born researchers and investigators. In organization, form follows purpose, each area of this proposition simply fits a useful purpose by utilizing existing talent, interest and energy. For instance, one of the issues Bloggers will face is Journalistic Privilege; Do they deserve it? Have others achieved it without being part of professional media like self-financed documentarians and writers of nonfiction? Is there precedence? These are questions Blogger researchers can find answers to and organize for the betterment of the Blogosphere. And there are other issues for concerned Bloggers: election laws as applied to free speech; access to news and information; uncovering perfidy and vetting facts in order to establish a bona fide Blogosphere; advertising on blogs, and new ones will arise.

So I'll put forth this experiment in Democracy for the medium of Blogging. An attempt to see how Bloggers will react both pro and con, and both positions are telling in an experiment. As well, I am curious to see who at the top of the existing blog-chain is forthright in all their lofty posts of self-publishing as Free Speech, Democracy, and what is good for all bloggers versus who is just blowing smoke up our collective ---! At this blog, I'll try to point out who posts what regarding this idea, both pro and con, as well as those who know of it and remain silent. A Democracy doesn't belong to me, and this experiment is not personal for me, but it is telling of others by their reaction or lack of it. Everything benefits from sunshine.

A Blogosphere Democracy will fail or succeed on the involvement of top bloggers and all bloggers who become engaged. To that, and to remain positive, I removed a paragraph from my original posting (statement) at The Blogosphere Democracy site regarding "Apathy and Internal Oppression" (a look at how all emerging Democracies suffer from internal oppression). Part of the observation included how apathy, slander and mocking (beyond the obvious elements of deliberate collusion, repressed aid, and resistance) of democratic propositions by the more influential in a group can be internal oppression. One needs not agree with this idea of how to achieve a united and democratic voice for bloggers around the globe: those who have a vested interest in the well being of the medium now and in the future--but to mock or remain silent of the attempt furthers nothing. A few suggestions: try to add to the debate-"is a Blogosphere Democracy a good or possible idea?", help correct the flaws of the proposition, don't be a social nihilist to support your own ego, and let other bloggers know of the proposition so they can choose whether it's worthy to move forward. To that end, I'll ask all to reflect upon hypocrisy and disingenuousness whenever you prattle on about Democracy, Free Thought, Free Speech, and the virtues of blogging.

Gauntlet down,
Michael