Katharine Q. Seelye of the NY Times is at Netroots Nation and she reports that members of the netroots are swearing off their “use of profanity” in the blogosphere… or at least some say they “have scaled back” on it.
Digby Parton, who writes on Hullabaloo.com, said she initially thought of her blog as an ephemeral form of conversation among friends and used vulgarities freely. But now she is read by a substantially wider circle and has cleaned up her language.
“I don’t use the same amount of profanity,” she said. “We’re taken much more seriously as a political force,” and she has a stronger sense that her words are “out there for posterity.”
Personally after writing online for the Kerry campaign blog in ’04, I’ve always written here with the “posterity” thing in mind. My thoughts have always leaned towards… You never know who’s out there reading your blog…