Angry bloggers

June 14, 2006

Why are so many bloggers so angry? Alan Jacobs, English professor from my alma mater Wheaton College, comments on the anger of bloggers and what it means for discourse. This is particularly significant for organizations who find themselves the target of this anger.

My question, in a world that resists rules, formats, restrictions and etiquette–will this change? 

Read the article in Books and Culture.


2 Responses to “Angry bloggers”

  1. […] More people should be blogging. There are 50 plus million Americans now participating actively in online content, many by blogging or commenting on blogs. It is a wonderful new way to share ideas, insights and information. But when you blog or comment, do it nicely. On my blog I linked to an article titled “Why are bloggers so angry?” Indeed, why do so many people on blog sites have such short tempers and have so little tolerance for differing opinions? And why do they use the language they do? If you go by the blogosphere, you would have to conclude that the world is getting far more short tempered. Knowing that many bloggers are younger, seeing their anger and disrespect should worry all of us. So I encourage you to join the blogosphere, but be nice. Show respect. Change the tone. Challenge those who are the worst abusers. We don’t have to be so angry at each other–even online. […]

  2. Jay Jones Says:

    Yea. I’m amazed at all the poison in the Bloggs. It seems like such a good place to get information and exchange ideas. I think some of the anger thing comes from the fact that posters don’t sit face to face and talk. I guess it’s easier to blow off steam if you’re not doing it in person.

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