By Erik Ringmar

There has been by no means any such factor as real freedom of speech. long ago, in an effort to converse freely you needed to have entry to a printing press, a newspaper, a radio or a television station. And all over you needed to get prior the editors. merely individuals of the elite ever did – the articulate and well-behaved 'representatives' of standard humans. yet these usual humans rarely, if ever, had an opportunity to talk publicly and freely.  Until now. The age of running a blog has began. the net revolution has given us all an opportunity to be irreverent, blasphemous and ungrammatical in public. we will be able to demonstrate secrets and techniques, blow whistles, spill beans or simply make stuff up.   The previous elites do not like it. in truth, they truly, relatively hate it. Blogs are in general close down, and bloggers are silenced, reprimanded and fired from their jobs. without warning glossy liberal society unearths a repressive face that few folks knew existed.   may still we behave ourselves? should still we fall silent? completely no longer! Let's name them on their hypocrisy. Let's call for that glossy liberal society lives through the foundations it claims to include. Bloggers of the realm, unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your gags.

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The big professors got back to me quickly and publicly and they all agreed with the Convener. Clearly, they concluded, I had overstepped the line and obviously there could be no such thing as a general right to blog. ‘Enough of this juvenile posturing’, these ‘crass generalizations’ and ‘solipsistic ramblings in blogland’. qxd 42 01/08/2007 12:46 PM Page 42 A Blogger’s Manifesto I needed to ‘get real’. If my comments were picked up by mainstream media they would be highly damaging to the Department’s reputation for undergraduate teaching, and which if it were at all widely disseminated would be inimical to recruiting students and hence very clearly damaging for the economic life-chances of your colleagues in our joint enterprise.

The LSE too – like all universities – contains a lot of local knowledge. You can’t run the place according to abstract schema. You don’t need theory but instead concrete knowledge of actual human beings and actual places and things. This is basically what everyone including Howard Davies was trying to tell me. This is what the oft-repeated admonitions to ‘get real’ came down to. Abstract principles are fine, they said, but don’t overdo it. Someone, at the end of the day, has to sponsor our next research leaves.

In the offline world we judge trustworthiness by assessing the people we come into contact with. The better we know a person, the more credibility they have. People we don’t know ourselves, we judge through the credentials they can present. We trust doctors or lawyers since they are certified by their peers and by the government. On the web it is next to impossible to judge people, and this is particularly difficult in the case of bloggers who remain anonymous. The whole point of anonymous blogging is to sever the connection between the online and the offline persona.

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