First Amendment rights violation or just good regulation of business practices?
As a mom, I’d like to know that the mom endorsing a product is doing it as a mom, and not as a company spokesperson. However, as a blogger, I’d like the freedom to endorse a product that I find personally wonderful without fear of being sued.
This brave new world of blogging, where the private person blurs into public space, is testing existing rules and laws of journalism and commerce. Perhaps it would be safer to keep one’s blog private or even so very personal that only close friends and family would even care to read it. But if that were so, then one would just use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, right?
I think this article points to the responsibility of the public blogger, that with freedom comes with accountability. If we, as bloggers, want to reap the benefits of participating in the public media or blogging, then we must also learn to police ourselves, lest the government — and commercial lawyers — do it for us.
Welcome to the 21st century!