Posted by The Happy Tutor
David Weinberger on a French code of blogger conduct:
From my point of view, it is one possible set of guidelines. We should have lots and lots of them so that — when appropriate — bloggers can make explicit the norms already implicit on their sites.
One code that David implicitly observes is to be painfully literal. To make explicit the norms of Wealth Bondage would be to put myself on Candidia's slated for death list. What about Wolf Blitzer? Does he have to make explicit the implicit norms of his show? Would he? Could he? Are you kidding? Such knowledge is enough to implode the brain. We are all, David, much better off deluded, posting delusory codes of conduct. The WB code is simple: "Always say what you mean and mean what you say." Violators will find their meaning explicated, laid bare, and posted for all to see. French code of conduct? David, did you ever read Derrida? Those French people are shifty. You can't take their word for anything. It is all difference and deferral and evasion. You been had, man. A French code of conduct is no more than a ruse.