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Responsibility of Blogs, Message Boards, etc?

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There is a lot of talk about the responsibility of Blogs and Message-boards, particularly on a popular Cyclone Message Board, Cyclonefanatic .

I wanted to get some feedback from the Cyclone Community, to see what all of your thoughts are.

From what I gather there are two schools of thought which is causing some divide:

  1. Do not bad mouth the program at all. Support the current coaches, players, etc. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Making damaging statements hurt the program, and may hurt the coaches and players feelings. If you come across sensitive inside-info, keep it to yourself. Spreading it will cause more damage than good, and you'll be a part of the problem.
  2. Say what you feel. If the coaches and players can't handle it, too bad. Our job is to write what we think, and that's what the readers expect. If you come across inside info that's damaging, that's the offending parties' problem not yours. If you don't talk about it, someone else will. You aren't part of the problem, you're just reporting it. If people don't like it, then just don't read. It's important to have opinions, as that's what the readers expect

A lot of this has come up, as players' feelings may be getting hurt on the message boards. Also, because of the Internet, damaging photos of coaches, players, members of the media, etc., are circulating. Jobs and Scholarships have been lost that wouldn't have happened several years ago.

What do you think the role of blogs and message boards are in the world we live in today? Are we causing news, or just reporting it? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please share in the comments section below!