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The Stop Blogging Campaign

Silly boy, did you think blogging was a harmless activity? No, it's not just our dear PM from Pune who found out the hard way that blogging is not so personal after all.

I googled on the subject and came up with this:

[1] A blog called Don't Blog: Headlines from the Future of the Weblog Backlash (In Progress), which chronicles how people the world over have been getting into trouble because of blooging. Its theme is not "Protect Bloggers! Protect Free Speech!" but "Be pragmatic dude: do you have a life outside your blog?" A victim of blogging is someone who has been "blogged out".

Its "About" section reads: "What happens when blogging becomes mainstream? What bad things will we face? Other technologies experienced a public backlash after a hype cycle. This blog attempts to chronicle that coming backlash."

Their recent posts include:

And my favourite: Karshed: Resigning over your weblog It quotes the blogger in question:

"As I'm sure as most of y'all know by now, I no longer have my job because of this website. Management had monitored my computer for over a month, tracked what sites I visited and blog posts I wrote and tried to place me between a rock and a hard place over things said on this personal site about people at work (even when said people and said work was never mentioned explicitly)."

[2] A Village Voice article called Blogging Off: Your blog's great—nice dirt on Graydon Carter!—but can it buy me a beer? Five reasons why blogs are ruining author Whitney Pastorek's life:

1. No one shows up for anything anymore.
2. No one tells me anything anymore.
3. No one invites me to anything anymore.
4. They have created a new world order.
5. Did I mention that blogs are ruining my life?

[3] High school bans blogging. As if you can ever 'ban' anything on the net. But the idea really is to beware of paedophiles.

Officials at Proctor Jr.-Sr. High School have banned access from school computers to an Internet site that students have been using to post to weblogs, or blogs.
Principal Chris Sousa said the decision to block the site from school was made because blogging is not an educational use of school computers.


Sousa said he found the prospect of students putting information on the Internet, potentially available to predators, was a serious concern.

In the plains of Uttar Pradesh, the fear would not be so much of paedophiles as that of kidnappers.

[3] CIA Asks Bush to Stop Blogging

Washington, DC - In the interest of national security, President Bush has been asked to stop posting entries on his three-month-old personal web log, acting CIA director John E. McLaughlin said Monday.

According to McLaughlin, several recent entries on PrezGeorgeW. typepad.com have compromised military operations, while other posts may have seriously undercut the PR efforts of White House press secretary Scott McClellan.

A July 24 posting read, "Just got back from a lunch with Colin and Adil Moussa (one of Prince Saud al-Faisal's guys). Colin wants the Saudis to send some troops to Najaf - so some of the soldiers are Arab, I guess. This Moussa guy sure wears a lot of jewelry. A golden chain, a golden ring with his initials or something, and some other sparkling stuff - kinda effeminate. Anyway, best of luck in Iraq, Iyad."

You know how satire works. But the larger point is: if blogs are really personal diaries, wht would happen if heads of state were to start blogging?

Nah, they have better things to do. Like smoking out entire countries and regimes. And you silly blogger, just by starting a blog and learning some html coding you thought you had won the world?

The problem really is that sitting before a computer screen we tend to think we have great privacy - me and my blog.

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