The Guardian’s eye on the Asheville blog scene

The Asheville Performing Arts Reviews blog, voted third best blog in Western North Carolina by Xpress readers in 2006, has received international attention from The Guardian, a British newspaper based in London.

The blog, “Asheville Performing Arts Reviews,” looks to the public for feedback on local theater productions, welcoming “anyone with an opinion to write a review of a show they have seen,” as stated on their Web site. When a negative review was posted anonymously on the blog, the topic of conversation moved from the performing arts to a matter of ethics.

Noises off: Unnamed and Unashamed,” an article published on April 24 by The Guardian, focuses on the “ethics of anonymity” and the controversy of publishing a review without identifying the name of the blogger. 

The debate that began by bloggers here in Asheville raises a question that relates to all online publications, provoking what The Guardian describes as “a fair degree of soul-searching on behalf of the blog itself.” 

The debate continues and the question remains: Must every blogger stand by his or her words?

About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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