Am pleased and heartened to see that Rob at The Standard has outed himself as a blogger. Brave and wise I reckon.
I understand why some people blog under a pseudonym. I understand why some comment on blogs and in social media under one. It’s probably better all round if we were ourselves. Unfortunately, the world of politics encourages secrecy and intrigue, and can punish honesty and transparency.
I’m all for open-ness. Sometimes that may appear to be a naive position. But in the long run it’s better for us all.
If you are full of doubt, have a read of this. I think it’s the best example so far of how transparency reaps benefits.
Greg Jericho, also known as Grog’s Gamut is an Australian public servant, blogger, and journalist. He came to prominence during the Australian federal election in 2010 when Australian Broadcasting Corporation director Mark Scott referenced his blog during a speech. He was subsequently outed by News Limited journalist James Massola, a move that provoked widespread condemnation and criticism amongst the Australian blogging community. After a break from blogging following his outing, Jericho has resumed blogging and providing opinion items for other outlets, including the ABC.
I don’t like the way Greg Jericho was outed (I was in Australia when it happened) but I think the way he handled it was great.