Friday, October 16, 2009

My view about Blogging, Commenting and Social Media ethics

Some of us bloggers read other people’s blogs. And often the case we’re advised to leave our digital footprints in the ‘comments section’. Hoping by doing so, while gaining some link juice (from the-Do-And-I-Will-Follow-You-Blogs), the author or visitors will be kind enough to, maybe, return the favor. That’s the general idea of commenting as one of the traffic-magnet and relationship-building strategies, or not?

I am NOT someone anymore with the highest ability of commenting, but just how serious we should take blog comments? I know there is a need among some of us to be succinct so we could have links spread on 100 new blogs daily…right.)

However, what if all the efforts went down the drain just because we didn’t apply QC in our commenting? How foolish. More problems occur when blog owners simple don’t know to find the blog moderation button, but play the intrigue game in the hope to create media scrum, and attention when the blog owner doesn’t know how to moderate a discussion? Look at what happens here.

Blogging supposed to be fun, supposed to be social media. But when I'm the situation that I only can say: “Gosh, I can only do the ‘You’re great’ type of commenting!” then I’m in dilemma – shall I comment at all? No. Not anymore! When bloggers are there for one reason, narcissism and to ridicule others without being funny, blogging is not social media anymore, it became anti-social and incommunicative.

Bloody Turks (2) by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

The first steps of reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia are facts. But I didn’t see that much interesting coverage of the signing of the protocols last week in Zurich neither about the soccer match between Armenia and Turkey last Wednesday. But today I see an op-ed of my friend, Orhan. Here some excerpts:

''Part one of this article, which was published in this column on Sept. 18, has provoked quite a passionate and long discussion among readers, especially among Armenians.
Maybe I should have written this second piece much earlier, but I did not want to interfere in this long ongoing debate. ''

''When I read all the endless discussions among Armenian readers, I became quite pessimistic about any chance of possible reconciliation. Some reactions made me think that it is almost impossible to say anything on this subject. On the one hand we have Turks who do not remember anything, and on the other are Armenians who live as if the events of 1915 happened just 15 minutes ago. How on earth will all these people come together and talk? The tone and content of some discussions made me really very pessimistic.''

''In my previous piece I discussed that some Armenians, believing everyone in Turkey is a murderer, are actually racists since they stigmatize all Turks. I have since received very tragic messages that challenge me and discuss how “Turk” equates to “barbaric,” “rapist,” “killer” and so on. My “racist” critique met with a textbook example of pure racism. These people are not aware that they have a huge potential of being perpetrators themselves. They are the soul twins of the massacre perpetrators from which their ancestors suffered.''

''There were some objections to my claim that Turkey has been suffering from memory loss. Some Armenians believe everyone in Turkey remembers what happened but just pretends to have forgotten. Turkey has not only lost its memory about 1915, it has also totally lost contact with its past. I will discuss this subject in another article.''

''Why do you expect me to identify myself with Talat Paşa? I reject his heritage and am disgusted by his gangs. As long as you see all Turks as Talat Paşa and as long as Turks identify themselves with him, we will continue this vicious cycle. When both Turks and Armenians condemn him and his criminal gangs together, when we cry together for our loss, for being condemned to live as separate peoples, then we will all start to heal.''

''When I speak to Armenian nationalists, they only block my feelings. They make me numb. However, when I come across Armenians who speak from their heart, I feel tremendous pain. Everything will start by feeling the loss, not with words and not with hate mongering. Everything will start by feeling the pain of one single individual. Then, bodies will be buried, memories recovered and we, both Armenians and Turks, will start to mourn together -- and for a long time. ''

It's a shame that Orhan only can walk around in Turkey with body guards, still!!

For the full article clıck here

Day Opening - October 16

The Cappadocia and the Goreme valley, Turkey