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Motivations for police blogging and how fear of being 'outed' can force a blogger to cease.

Pedersen, Sarah; Burnett, Simon; Smith, Robert; Neill, Anne

Authors

Robert Smith

Anne Neill



Abstract

There is an expanding literature on the police use of storytelling, but very little has been written in a policing context in relation to the contemporary practice of blogging. Consequentially, this paper reports on an ongoing research project into the UK police use of blogging. In dealing with motivations for starting and stopping the authoring of blogs this article makes an incremental contribution to the literatures of blogging and of police storytelling by articulating reasons given by respondents as to why they stopped blogging. These include fear of being outed; fear of professional loss of face and collateral damage to careers. We argue that blogging has educational and therapeutic values and should be encouraged by the Service for these reasons. An agreed code of practice could reduce the climate of fear.

Citation

PEDERSEN, S., BURNETT, S., SMITH, R. and NEILL, A. 2013. Motivations for police blogging and how fear of being 'outed' can force a blogger to cease. Selected papers of internet research [online], 13: selected papers from the 13th Association of Internet Researchers conference (IR 13.0), 18-21 October 2012, Salford, UK, article number 8219. Available from: https://spir.aoir.org/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/8219

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 13th Association of Internet Researchers conference (IR 13.0)
Start Date Oct 18, 2012
End Date Oct 21, 2012
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2012
Publicly Available Date Nov 22, 2012
Journal Selected papers of internet research
Publisher AoIR Association of Internet Researchers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Article Number 8219
Keywords Blogs; Blogging; Police; Motivations; Censorship
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/777
Publisher URL https://spir.aoir.org/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/8219

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