University of Alabama senior Christine Green couldn’t describe what a Web log was before the first day of her opinion writing class. But she had to learn fast. After all, her grade depended on it. “Almost all of my friends don’t know what a blog is,” Green said.
Bloggers are a rough-and-tumble lot. They are the publishing cowboys of the media frontier. And like the untamed West, the blogosphere is full of mavericks who fail to think before they write. Even worse is that some of these cowboys refuse to adhere to a set of ethical rules.
Suman Kumar’s Christmas Eve weblog post of a hearty “Merry Christmas folks” and accompanying photo gallery of his two children posing with a miniature Santa offers a sobering contrast to the disaster that would occur 24 hours later. On the morning of Dec.