The definition of a gossip is someone who reveals personal, and sometimes intimate information (true or not) about others, often sensationalized to make the story more interesting and exciting.
It’s not uncommon to read gossip or see videos online of politicians or celebrities. Often, the person written about/filmed doesn’t have a chance to defend themselves, say they would rather not have a story shared, or issue a rebuttal.
In some cases they don’t even know the story/video exists.
Some will say, “If you’re in the public eye, you’re fair game.”. “It’s the cost of stardom.”
What about those NOT in the public eye? Are they fair game to be written about/filmed? Gossiped about?
As bloggers we love to share what we know. We often tell stories of our past, our present and our dreams for the future. Our stories are online. We put ourselves in the public eye of blogosphere.
But, how detailed should the information be when others are involved in “our story”? Should we name names? Should we only hint at whom we’re talking about? Or should we completely avoid writing about others?
According to the comments on “Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are”, most bloggers admit they are quite transparent. However, does that mean we need to expose our friends, family or fellow bloggers? Share stories that affected their lives that are told to us in confidence? Include their mishaps in order make our posts sound more interesting, funny and/or believable?
What if someone takes our words and use them against that person? What happens when what we write creates a rift between them and us? What happens when our words cause us, or others to lose jobs or relationships? What happens when what we wrote isn’t the complete truth?
We can apologize and beg for forgiveness, but the story will remain “somewhere” on the world wide web forever, even if we delete it.
We need to ask, “is it worth it”?
Do you think there’s ever a time when it’s proper to “name names” in our blogs?
Should we ask permission before we include stories on our blogs that shares the experiences of others?
Have you ever gossiped about or shared photos of someone else, only to later regret it?
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
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