This is a guest post by Wade S. Long.
Before the internet was created, people were seldom aware of other people’s bad opinions. During those times, it took more than a simple click from your computer or android keyboard to look things up.
Well, look at us now? With just a few clicks, we already have a solid idea for a blog.
We can even just buy essay online.
It was only when the internet was born in the 1980’s. With it came also the birth of blogging. That was when everyone from almost every place was given the luxury of sharing their thoughts to a wide array of audience.
Since blogging became popular, some people even put up blogs to serve as their online diary.
According to the Association for Consumer Research conference in Chicago, when people give advice on the internet, it’s mostly because they want to feel smart.
Here are other studies that voice the same tone:
Elan Morgan chronicled her two-week experiment about liking posts on Facebook on medium, and here is what she found:
The act of liking a post is a means of showing approval or affection to the person who posted the entry. People can feel guilty of scrolling down over a post without giving it a like as this suggests disapproval and lack of compassion for the person posting the blog.
Researchers at the University of Arizona also conducted an experiment on the loneliness levels of a group of students, and they found that students who updated their Facebook status regularly had lower levels of loneliness, regardless of whether people liked or commented on their statuses. The researchers associated the transition of high loneliness to low loneliness with being socially connected.
Marnize Verreynne’s “Ostracism in Social Media” suggested that when people see that nobody is interacting with their posts, they begin to feel that they are outcasted.
From there, we can conclude that people post things to feel accepted. And since almost everything on the internet is free, some people feel that they can post anything they want.
Bloggers need to know that there are also rules when posting content. Read on for the 5 most common blogging myths.
It’s alright to get content from the internet
If you’re one of those folks who treat Google as your best friend, you might have noticed that in some websites, people would use other published articles and post it on their website.
That might seem okay. It’s not like the owner can actually track you down and arrest you for stealing his content. That may seem like it, but technically, it most certainly is not okay.
The Berne Convention holds that all original and new works that were created beyond April 1989 automatically receive a copyright, whether or not the owner announces its copyright.
Anyone who just takes somebody else’s post and puts it on their site without a written permission from the writer, regardless of whether they attributed it to the owner, is still considered as content thief.
Although content theft is illegal, bloggers are still allowed to take a small part from another person’s work. It’s stated under the copyright law that bloggers are allowed to take some part of someone else’s work if it’s for the purpose of news reporting, commentary, criticism, teaching, reporting, or other dignified purposes.
Everything on Google is Free
When you first laid your hands on that keyboard, probably for a school assignment, you easily copy-pasted the information onto the word processor. There absolutely no one who told you that you weren’t allowed to take the content. This could be one of the reasons why people assume that everything they search onto Google is free.
In reality, all of the things that allow people to post information on the internet cost money. It’s not free. It just so happens that some companies make money out of other people visiting their website that we come to experience the free source of information.
Libel doesn’t exist on the internet
If you’ve ever tried reading comments on Facebook or on twitter, it may not come as a surprise to you that many people are fond of giving off negative opinions and assumptions about celebrities and public figures.
People become anonymous when they are online. This leads them to believe that it’s alright to post negative things on social media. It’s really okay to say bad things about people as long as it’s true, but once someone realizes that you’re spreading negative things about them, whether they are true or not, they are bound to report you to authorities, and your only escape is if you can prove that what you said is true.
You can be anyone you want
I’ve said in the previous paragraph that people can be anonymous when they are online. You probably tried searching your favorite celebrity on Facebook and found several accounts.
Fans and haters sometimes put up the fake account pretending to be some other person, usually for the purpose of admiration, other times, people do it to ruin somebody else’s reputation.
There was a time when state laws were focused on people whose reputations were being ruined, but ever since the story of Megan Meier came to be, lawmakers began formulating new laws against cases of impersonations.
Megan Meier was a 13-year old girl who dated Josh Evans on MySpace. She reportedly hanged herself after Josh sent her a message saying that everything would be better if she wasn’t around. It turned out that Josh was only a fake account maintained by another teenage girl and her mom. Sadly, there weren’t any online harassment laws at the time. From then on, lawmakers began placing more focus on online harassment.
I know I used the word “anonymous” a couple of times in this article, but before you accuse me of being a liar, let me first explain. I only used the word “anonymous” to point out the fact that the general public isn’t aware who it is perpetuating the posts.
Anonymity in this concept means that there is greater intelligence that is recording our every move on the internet. These people have the ability to track down the people who publish things on the internet.