Talking about the Taiwan blogosphere

Glen Clifford has written an article about blogging in Taiwan for the September 2008 issue of Centered on Taipei. The article profiles four Taiwan bloggers, Michael Turton, Scott Sommers, Mark Wilbur and myself. It is available as a pdf file. An extended version of the article is available on Glen’s website.

The article discusses a number of issues related to blogging. These include the relationship between blogging and the mainstream media and ethical issues. The extended version includes a little more background on the history of how blogging traces its roots back to the development of personal home pages back in the 1990s and later took off with more user friendly blogging software. It also mentions that in the beginning blogs usually commented on news that had been reported in the mainstream media but now media outlets often look to blogs for information and ideas.

While the number of active Taiwan blogs has probably plateaued I am still discovering many new Taiwan related blogs. I am sure the blogosphere will continue to develop in many new and exciting ways in the coming years.

11 thoughts on “Talking about the Taiwan blogosphere

  1. He started blogging (then in the US ) in 1998, after being constantly annoyed at, “inaccurate reporting of I.T issues”, and finding a need for more people inside the industry to produce their own news.

    Say, what? I never had a blog in the 90’s! I don’t remember ever being “constantly annoyed at inaccurate reporting of I.T issues” either.

    Oh, well. C’est la vie.

  2. I am Glen Clifford, the writer of the interview with Taiwan bloggers: Mark, I have you on tape saying these things. END of story. Unless you want me to upload the recording as mp3, I suggest you delete this slandering of my accurate reporting. You have no hope of continuing this accusation against me, if I upload the mp3 of our interview and I am prepared to do this. Do you really think a person of my experience would interview you and not record? You are the one who is slandering me and my profession. I note that on your website Mark, you again (different story) deny completely saying this (geek stuff) to me, but on this site you admit to it… You are a turkey Mark.

  3. Mark,
    “Benefit of the doubt” – But you did all this damage…

    Your unfounded public accusation against me (on your site), paints a picture of a reporter that got it all wrong, that everything I wrote about you was mostly incorrect.

    Actually, anybody who listens to the interview, will note that everything is correct word-by-word. Therefore, you are slandering me. The section on you being annoyed at others reporting at I.T. issues is only slightly paraphrased from what is clearly my view, resulting from your equally clear comments that as far back as 1998 you were reading many I.T. posts that contained gaps and missing information, that you started to write and fill in those gaps. It is you very clearly on tape saying these things.

    As for the legalities, you are right by saying I did not ask you to participate in a radio interview. However, it is also standard written journalistic practice to record the interviewee and this can be used anywhere, as you decided to go on the record with me when agreeing to do the interview. The record can be, in journalism ethics and standards, either on tape, shorthand or alphabetic writing… They are all records as you officially making a series of statements that constitute an interview with someone who has made it clear to you that what you say is on the record. Having said this, you certainly did not use the term ‘off the record’ even once, such as when I interviewed one of the other bloggers.

    I also hope to have this matter cleared up quickly.

    Glen Clifford

  4. I would like to add that it appears you are clearly trying to make a sensation out of what is a non-issue, as you seem to wish this to have an affect on your public profile. On the contrary, it does not make you look good at all. Your overreaction is stupendous and I am not inclined to enter into any further correspondence on this issue, no matter what fabrications you may further on the article.

  5. mark says he is a ‘geek’, but he is proud of it. thus your word ‘confess’ as in he confesses to being a geek does not catch the true spirit of mark. no big deal. same with the use of the word ‘annoyed’ as in he was annoyed at how IT issues were being reported. mark didn’t use the word ‘confessed’ or ‘annoyed’, that was glenn’s interpretation- which is what reporters do- they paraphrase as opposed to just publishing a transcript of the interview (well, some do that). the confessed/annoyed choice of words are no big deal. i didn’t think glen was incompetent based on mark’s dissatisfaction with glen’s paraphrasing. the thing about the year mark started blogging should be more clear cut, but taken in the whole context of the article it was also no big deal. i understand glen has a professional reputation to protect, so i get why he is very concerned about mark’s points. but as someone who knows neither of the 2 parties personally and who is a reader from the US (who used to live in taiwan) it’s a minor dust up.

  6. 🙁

    Although there’s an article promoting the Taiwanese blogosphere, the comments here are what the reader is left with. How sad. If it wasn’t for ego, this could have been easily done in a different way.

    In any case, I found the article interesting, and I couldn’t care less about the small details. I hope more articles will follow later.

  7. Glen, anyone who re-reads this thread will see very clearly who has overreacted.

    I have a great respect for your profession, and a number of friends who are journalists. I haven’t made any personal gripes about you, either.

    It’s just that I didn’t start blogging in 1997. It was 2005. If I really did somehow say 1997, I’ll gladly revise my post saying it was my bad.

  8. This has gone on for far too long. I ask that there be no further comments on this topic. Like Fili said above it is so disappointing that an article written about Taiwan blogs has caused such a negative reaction.

    The article talks about some of the ethical issues involved in blogging. It is important to realise that a blog is not just a personal space read by a few people. It is in the public domain and read by hundreds or even thousands of people.

    Bloggers, just like journalists, have to take responsibility for what they write. Occasionally mistakes are made. There are appropriate ways of dealing with this. I think most people are quite reasonable and will handle matters like this sensibly.

    I hope this event has been a good lesson in how bloggers should not behave. Let’s move forward and be more positive and supportive of each other as bloggers and workers in the media.

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