Thursday, January 11, 2007

Battle of the Blogs

One of the things that I found most interesting in this CNN article about the Ashley Treatment controversy, is how the parties are using blogs as the vehicle for discussion.

In fact, the the CNN article is really a quick summary of the relevant parties blogs, and links off to their sites.

Naturally, being a fan of the blogging, I think this is a good thing. It is allowing each of the groups involved to use their own voice to express themselves, rather than having the media interpret them.

The CNN article opens with this powerful statement:

David is a young man with severe cerebral palsy. He can't walk, he can't talk, he can't sit up by himself, but he can blog.


While not quite as powerful, the message on Ashley's parent's blog is still important:

Upon much reflection this weekend, we’ve decided that we will continue to communicate via this web site. We politely decline the invitations for direct engagement with the media. The material we have here tells our story in great detail. We appreciate your respect for our privacy.

What excellent examples of using blogging as a serious platform for broadcasting your ideas, in your own words, on your own terms.

This sounds like an issue where people are concerned about who's trying to play God. Well, you know how I feel about that topic.

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