Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Is This An Ethical Dilemma? I Think Not.

Photograph by Kilroy_60

There are, I believe, a rare few ideas in the world that are truly new.

Most things people come up with are a twisted version of something that already exists. That is, more or less, the definition of "innovation", isn't it?

Take an existing idea, tweak it enough to brand it your own and you have an "original". Find a way to hold it up as "the first" or to, one way or another, be "number one" and you have something bankable.

In a similar vein, the lifeblood of the blogosphere is borrowing ideas that you see being used by other bogospherians.

Coining a truly new term, as I have here to replace bloggers with blogspherians may fall flat simply because it takes explaining. You could say to someone that you are a blogger, meaning that you maintain a blog. But to be a resident of the blogosphere makes you a blogospherian. Pass it on.


Now, back to the point. If you see a blog that you think is a good idea, which has all but been abandoned, I do not see it as an ethical dilemma to pick up the ball and run with it.

I expect to be following-up on this one at another time.

1 comment:

Sheila said...

I don't think it matters what I call myself, Kilroy. There are still many many people who have no clue what a blog is much less a blogger. I prefer to call myself a writer and leave it at that.

What you say about originality is interesting though. I think a lot of success is how you market your idea and not that it is just a wonderful or unique idea or product.

Wish I had time to do carnivals again but appreciate all of your efforts.