[Air-L] blogs and confidentiality

C Sosnowy c_sosnowy at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 26 10:19:37 PST 2011

I should clarify. The closed discussion will be with 10-12 bloggers and their identities and anything they say there will be protected. But I would like to be able to discuss their blogs (and the blogs in the larger sample) which are publicly-available, and be able to use the blog's real URL/name. 

Is it customary to use a blog's real name and URL in an article and treat any content as public? If so but there might be a privacy concern, I could not explicitly link the participant's username with their individual blog. 

 From: jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>
To: C Sosnowy <c_sosnowy at yahoo.com> 
Cc: "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org> 
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Air-L] blogs and confidentiality
I am confused, you said they weren't public when they were on a closed site.  then you said they were publicly available.  if it is closed, it isn't publicly available without permission.
On Nov 26, 2011, at 12:19 PM, C Sosnowy wrote:

> For my dissertation on personal health blogs, I will be conducting a visual content analysis of 40-50 blogs. I will then be conducting an online discussion with 10-12 bloggers on a closed site. Their identity will be protected by a username of their choice, but can I use the real URL and name of their blogs (I would tell them that I'm doing this)? I'm of the opinion that I can because they are publicly-available, but one of my more traditional advisers has doubts. Any thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Collette Sosnowy
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Jeremy Hunsinger
Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

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