RWA, HaHo and the Public/Private Divide

Monday, December 07, 2009

I found a comment on the recent Writer Beware post very interesting. Specifically: "As far as I was aware the RWA did not and has not made any public statements. The RWA made a private statement to members about Harlequin. Members then chose to post the message all over. Subsequent messages have been very explicit about not forwarding."

This does, quite sincerely, make me wonder: on what basis would an organisation with thousands of members have statements and policies they want to release to members, but not to "the public"? Can a large representative organisation really say: 'we disapprove of group X, but please do not tell them, or any other people who might also disapprove of them'?

Well, if course they can, but how would it be a realistic request or a good idea in terms of transperancy and honest discourse?

4 comments:

Teddy Pig 3:51 PM  

You still got me on the "roses in the garden" thing and now you want me to figure out why the RWA thinks it did not post a public statement when it hit the send button on a message to thousands of people?

Anonymous,  5:18 PM  

My employer does this kind of thing all the time - and they employ way more people than the rwa has members. It's private info, if you share it and they catch you - you will get fired. Have you never worked in a large organisation? Come to think of it my union does this as well (around a million members) - sending round information on policies only for members eyes. I'm not sure my union can do anything about the sharing though, not that most people bother to read the info.

On the RWA front - they should get a PR person and make a statement.

Then again I don't think their list of eligible publishers isn't visible so I suppose so maybe they don't think they need to. It's not really public business is it?

jenn 6:25 PM  

Realistic, transparent and honest disclosure from the RWA.

Oh man, that made my day.

Teddy Pig 6:28 PM  

"My employer does this kind of thing all the time - and they employ way more people than the rwa has members. It's private info, if you share it and they catch you - you will get fired."

Right but they make you sign something in order to enforce that rule and then make sure the information is plainly labeled as such. Because most companies that want to remain in business do not just assume privacy on mass emailing.

Post a Comment

  © Blogger template The Professional Template II by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP