Should blogging have boundaries?
Many creative artists would argue that due to 1st amendment rights, we are each guaranteed freedom of speech, and that as fully grown folks, we ought to be able to say what we mean, and mean what we say. True?
In fact, this fundamental principle is what makes this great country of ours great.
Some might even argue that the whole purpose of having a Blog is to be able to vent freely and express views without control or editorial dictates.
Others might contend that blogging, like any other form of public communication should have boundaries and appropriateness.
No matter what side of the fence you're on, you should know: even freedom of speech ain't entirely free!
Take for instance, a recent incident where a teacher, (who is reported to have "let her hair down" by penning profanity-laced comments on her blog about her lazy students), was suspended and could face further repercussions for her conduct.
While a popular blogger and buddy of mine also shares on his site how he temporarily "fell from grace" as a pastor, when some of his posts were displeasing to "the powers that be."
And who can forget a few years back when the "Dixie Chicks" got their wings clipped for their disparaging (public) comments concerning the president? Ouch.
These cautionary tales serve to remind us that with every freedom comes a responsibility. Or does it?
It appears that this is becoming a hot topic in this age of social media, as employers often argue that what their workers say online is "their business", because it's a reflection of their company and their corporate image.
But do they have a right to silence individuals' thoughts and actions outside of work?
That's the $64,000 dollar question! And the stakes are high.
What do you think? I pose the question to you, Pen and Prosper readers---should blogging have boundaries? Why/why not?