I'm Dave Jones and you're reading my personal blog.  I started as a PR guy in 1991 and have been involved with social media's intersection with Marketing & PR since 2005. 

 

 

Currently, I'm VP, Social Media at Critical Mass.  I'm based in Toronto.

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While I'll get in to professional topics here, it's worth remembering everything posted is my personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of my employer or its clients.

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Saturday
Apr302011

"Civilination: taking a stand for civil digital discourse." Is this necessary?

I don't really like rules and I'm not much for people telling me that there's a certain way I need to behave.  I'm fairly capable of making my own decisions...or at least living with the consequences.

So, organizations like Civilination leave me feeling ambivalent.  Their mission:

"to foster an online culture where every person can freely participate in a democratic, open, rational and truth-based exchange of ideas and information, without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies."

They seem a bit like government programs where the aim is to legislate common sense or kindness or respect.  I applaud the effort, but I get a flash of Orwell even though the intentions are admirable.

Maybe you think I'm a misanthrope.  Maybe you think I'm a heartless jerk.  Maybe you think I'm an asshole and want to tell me that with an anonymous comment.  I'm prepared for all of those reactions and feel quite ready to handle them all, which is why I feel that Civilination is a bit overwrought.

 

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