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May 27, 2008

Another Governmental Blogger

by @ 11:53 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

A story in this morning’s Globe introduced us to another governmental official who is now blogging – Judge Nancy Gertner of the US District Court for Massachusetts. Judge Gertner, who has been on the bench since 1993, began writing for the Slate.com legal blog, “Convictions” back in March. While the Slate blog is filled with posts by at least half a dozen writers, Judge Gertner has been the least prolific, writing only four times. That’s not a criticism, however, because having a sitting judge at any level write a blog is historic. The Globe story discusses the challenges she faces in navigating the Code of Judicial Conduct and her “day job” on the bench. Blogging is a flexible, effective, efficient way to reach a constituency and, while many blogs are heavy with opinion, just as many others are informative and as objective as anything composed by a human being can be. My experience is that if readers have a neutral to good opinion of the writer and agree with what the writer has composed, then it’s OK to be blogging. If the reader is predisposed against the writer or disagrees with what has been written, then blogging is a bad idea. But that’s been the case anytime someone has shared an opinion with others. The only thing different with blogging is the technology.

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