Do I have any moral responsibility for what goes on in the ‘nacle? Should we all be blamed for what others write? Let’s examine the opposite concept first, should we get credit for the bloggernacle as a whole because we are participants? This is of course a loaded concept in Mormonism, but I’m proud to be part of this community. I learn from you all, I find comfort from your words, I laugh with you even though I don’t know most of you. There is something surprising and fresh and real about our community, and I’m proud of it. Does pride connote ownership and responsibility?
On the other hand, that sense of ownership could also justify blaming me for what goes on here. Of course, I don’t agree with all of you. Put another way, I’m offended at times by what is written here. I don’t like talking about the temple online. I don’t like telling personal stories about other people who are identified, but not participating. I don’t like meanness. I don’t like hip hop. I don’t like white chocolate. You get the idea…I have my opinions. I imagine that other people are offended by different topics or comments than I am–and probably, there are those out there who have been offended by what I’ve written. Certainly, the bloggernacle is a market-place of ideas, but do we have a responsibility to each other to set parameters, to keep some topics out of bounds, to keep some comments out of bounds? Should we all be responsible for the overall timbre of communication? Should we censor? Blame? Boycott? What are our options for shaping the community?
What about those of us who are perma-bloggers on a group site? Do we have a special editorial responsibility, or is our responsibility to support unfettered freedom of thought and speech? Again, I feel some pride for the quality of BCC. I love this site. I really respect my co-bloggers, but I don’t always agree with them. And honestly, rather than vocally disagree, I tend to ignore the posts I disagree with. Of course, I don’t have the time to follow every thread, but am I shirking my responsibilities for not jumping in and becoming the opposition?
What do you all think, should I be my co-blogger’s keeper? And if so, how?