Honest to Blog!  

Posted by Alex Pendragon

I read today in the news that the FTC is considering regulations to bring a little more honesty to the blogosphere. What, you say, regulations forcing bloggers not to lie? How ludicrous is THAT? hehe.......no, not quite. What concerns them is this trend involving bloggers giving glowing accounts about this new toaster they acquired, while neglecting to mention the fact that the toaster was given to them for free in return for a positive review. Or bloggers being sent off on a fun-filled weekend at some resort, which they dutifully report on in their blogs (having been wonderful, of course) without mentioning that they were sent there free of charge by the resort, again, with the understanding that their "word-of-mouth" report would be favorable. So, if you had known that this post was rather less-than-forthcoming concerning the compensation involved, would you have accepted everything you read with perhaps at least a grain of salt? I sure as hell know I would, and that's what the FTC would like to drag kicking and screaming into the light.

So, my wonderful readers, if you are of the opinion that this is just one more example of Big Brother sticking it's intrusive nose into our business, please feel free to send a synopsis of your reasoning etched on the back of a 2009 model 24 inch Apple iMac with 3.06 gigahertz Core Two Duo processor, 8 megs of RAM, and a one terabyte, 7200 RPM hard drive to THE Michael, care of The Chronicles of Pendragon Hold.

Because I can't get Steve Jobs to send me one, after all the bragging I've done for Apple, the creep.............

This entry was posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Monday, June 22, 2009 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .

3 slick comments

I think it would be an exercise in futility - I mean who can find the time, money etc to "police" the internet - I also feel it could be successfuly challenged on many levels - including perceptions.

June 22, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Just curious. Why do you have a google ad block on your blog? Not that I'd ever click on it but just curious. :-)

June 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Cynthia, it's there simply for not having had it removed, more than anything. I sure don't have it there for the money, that's for sure! Just out of curiousity, I went and checked out my adsense thing and it reported that I had earned a grand total of 9 cents! WOW! And, that was from ONE click! I wonder myself who would have clicked it....lol!

Anyway, if you are suggesting I am a sell-out.....well.......hey, if I could have actually earned some REAL mohlah from that ad thingy, you bet your capitalist butt I'd have put it front and center! At any rate, compare my the amount of space devoted to ads on MY blog as opposed to most others and I think you can rest any accusations of doing this for profit.

Now, lessee, what can I get me for 9 whole cents? Hmmmmmmmmm

June 23, 2009 at 10:38 PM

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