The war in Iraq put blogs in the public spotlight, but it also has given the blogosphere its first real scandal — a scandal that is provoking a new debate among bloggers about what ethics, if any, apply to their medium.
Yesterday’s Filter was devoted to the case of Sean-Paul Kelley, a Texas blogger who admitted to Wired that he copied material from a subscription service for his popular war blog, The Agonist. Kelley lifted verbatim material from Stratfor, a Texas-based intelligence firm, apparently to jazz up his own war posting and to curry favor with potential intelligence sources.
Filter readers have chimed in. The verdict? Many don’t seem to think that Kelley’s actions were that big of deal.