Cartoon: Nothing’s Off The Record

There’s an interesting discussion on Ethan Zuckerman’s blog over a New York Times journalist’s blog post that names an Iranian blogger as a rumored collaborator with the regime in Tehran.

One key thread in that conversation: are the rules different for journalists – for instance, around repeating rumors – when they’re blogging than when they’re writing for the front page?

It’s an interesting question… but it draws me of the broader question of what rules we follow and ethical lines we draw as social media types, journalists or not. One example: a lot of us do a lot of personal disclosure, and we sometimes drag the people in our lives along with us into the spotlight.

What are your rules? Is any conversation potential blog fodder, or have you drawn sharp, inviolable boundaries in your life?

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