The Blogosphere: Past, Present, and Future; Preserving the Unfettered Development of Alternative Journalism

33 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2008  

Sunny Woan

Santa Clara University

Abstract

This article emphasizes the importance of preserving the unfettered development of alternative journalism. In its analysis, the article takes on a global perspective of blogosphere regulation, examining the European Union's approach alongside China and the United States. Unlike the national borders of the physical world, people create borders in the cyber world based on communities. These online communities tend to be more segregated by homogenous interests than the natural diversity of world nations. This article contends that first, due to the unique conditions of the blogosphere, traditional regulation is infeasible, and second, the most effective means of standard setting on the blogosphere is by self-regulation. The article then explains this concept of self-regulation and proposes a hands-off approach by the government to the blogosphere.

Keywords: blog, blogosphere, cyberspace, cyber, internet, internet regulation, blogosphere regulation, Froomkin, self-regulation, China, free speech, freedom of speech, free expression, speech regulation on the internet

Suggested Citation

Woan, Sunny, The Blogosphere: Past, Present, and Future; Preserving the Unfettered Development of Alternative Journalism. California Western Law Review, Vol. 44, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1114489

Sunny Woan (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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