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

  • Sarah Pedersen Robert Gordon University
  • Simon Burnett Robert Gordon University
  • Robert Smith Robert Gordon University
  • Anne Neill Robert Gordon University
Keywords: blogs, blogging, police, motivations, censorship,

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.
Published
2012-10-31
How to Cite
Pedersen, S., Burnett, S., Smith, R., & Neill, A. (2012). Motivations for police blogging and how fear of being ’outed’ can force a blogger to cease. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2. https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2i0.8219
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