October 6, 2009

In a Necessary Niche

Community Crier

We're on all the mailing lists, of course, so we're aware of the dozen or so groups in Rhode Island with similar objectives and related activities to ours, and we support them all. That said, we're all looking for big donors, small donors, grants, advertisements, subscribers, and members, and it's a relatively small field that we're attempting to sow.

Among these right-leaning harvesters, however, Anchor Rising is unique in method and in focus, and there's clearly a necessary role that we strive to fulfill. As made evident by our continued posting, we're not in this for the money and will continue as long as we're able, and as long as we seem to be having a net positive effect. But the more time we're able to compensate from our lives, the more equipment we're able to procure, and the more expenses we're able to cover, the better we'll be armed to fill gaps in knowledge and to analyze the myriad issues that Rhode Island (and the country) must resolve in order to turn itself around.

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Comments, although monitored, are not necessarily representative of the views Anchor Rising's contributors or approved by them. We reserve the right to delete or modify comments for any reason.

The Washington Post reports new FCC rules regarding endorsements in blogs -

FTC Sets Endorsement Rules for Blogs - http://tinyurl.com/y9lrbte

The reason for the change appears to focus on protecting information consumers. At the same time, the ruling seems to potentially benefit mainstream media outlets that have lost many eyes to blogs and have processes for accountability and endorsement in place.

With fines of up to $11,000 for failure to disclose endorsements - how will this affect anonymity? How will it affect the flow of content and discussions? Will this effectively chill free speech? How will these rules affect political blogs such as Anchor Rising and RIFuture?

R. Balliot - Ocean State Librarian

Posted by: Robert Balliot at October 7, 2009 10:12 AM
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