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  •  Each of the dairies written (6+ / 0-)

    by those with " a vested interes in generating controversy" should have it noted in the diary's title.

    Or posted on the blog prominently - that

    "Blogger, before jumping in the fray, beware you may be in play."

    "It's impossible to wake a man who is pretending to be asleep." - unknown

    by looking and listening on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 06:19:16 PM PST

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    •  I do think (7+ / 0-)

      professional bloggers have an ethical need to share prominently, on their home page, that money is generated by site traffic.

      It may seem obvious, but the fact is the huge majority of blogs out there are just hobbies, something regular people do in their spare time, that generate 0 revenue for the owner.

      The small handful of big blogs that support their owners really should make it clear that the more people come here, the more money they make.

      •  I'm thinking that if it's not noted, (2+ / 0-)
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        Adept2u, Driver 8

        my first post will to ask the author if he/she is paid for the blog.  

        "It's impossible to wake a man who is pretending to be asleep." - unknown

        by looking and listening on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 06:37:10 PM PST

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        •  Bloggers want it both ways (4+ / 0-)

          Journalists are required to let the reader know when they have a financial connection to anything they are writing about.

          Bloggers want the notoriety of journalists, but they don't want the constraints.

          •  and we the people become (2+ / 0-)
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            Adept2u, lightshine

            jaded cynics for good reason. everybody's got an angle on using the unsuspecting for monetary gain.

            don't trust anybody , don't believe a word written or spoken, less you can prove it independently.

            sad times.

            "It's impossible to wake a man who is pretending to be asleep." - unknown

            by looking and listening on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 06:50:45 PM PST

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            •  however (5+ / 0-)

              a megaphone as big as this site is, handling the level of traffic it does, paying for polls, not to mention paid staff developing an entire new format (DK4), all this costs a lot of dough to get up and KEEP up and running, 24/7/365.

              I have watched this process unfold for 7 1/2 yrs, from when it was Kos's little blog until now, when it has become modest (not big) bucks. And the biggest boost to this community, imho, was when Kos turned it loose and let everybody in to say their piece.

              It never started out as a business enterprise.  We have what we have here because he was able to figure out how to generate some revenue, via the advertising, which everybody in blogostan tried to do if they could.  By having the money, he could grow the site, and the vision.

              I hope to shit Kos made some dough for himself doing it, because i think it's been a pretty amazing odyssey and he has fostered a pretty amazing community.

              And Kos is by no means the brightest bulb on the marquee of DKos.

              don't always believe what you think...

              by claude on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 07:08:48 PM PST

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              •  Hey Claude, (5+ / 0-)

                I'm not saying don't make money. I'm asking for full disclosure that's all. Because while money is being made, there are also calls for action, donations, support for candidates, and most importantly, discussion about political candidates. Folks are persuaded, influenced, and inspired by what they read on this blog.

                All I'm saying is transparency. Let me know who's paying you.

                Same thing we are asking of our politicians, right?

                "It's impossible to wake a man who is pretending to be asleep." - unknown

                by looking and listening on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 07:14:03 PM PST

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                •  geez, I wish I could get paid for this (1+ / 0-)
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                  Adept2u

                  Are you satisfied by Susan's statements?

                  don't always believe what you think...

                  by claude on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 07:28:08 PM PST

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                •  There is a disclaimer - advertising on the site. (1+ / 0-)
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                  Advertising = revenue. Running a blog = expense in time and money. Transparent enough.

                  Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

                  by SoCalSal on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 07:53:30 PM PST

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