Monday, April 13, 2009

Online options...

One to watch: I've just spent a while reading a few posts over on "The World's First Diplomatic Blogoir", good look, nice 'feel' and well written by Charles Crawford. The Easter weekend's 'Smeargate' hoohah is what led me there, from comments in the Guardian as I recall, but I was struck by a couple of paragraphs that chimed entirely with my own opinion, firstly, as a memo to whomever forms the next UK government:

Be grown-up. Restore and respect Standards and the very idea of Standards - and then take the political hits you deserve when you fall below them.

And help the media grow up too, by not sitting senior journalists in a high chair and feeding them mush.

And secondly, from the post "Who Dominates The UK Blogosphere?", a post that arose due the attempted spin and excuses for the reasons why Smeargate happened at all i.e. as a counterbalance to a [wrongly as it turns out] perceived rightwing dominance of political blogosphere.

"So what in fact is striking about the Labour/McBride fiasco is that it was based on seriously incompetent analysis combined with vanity - an attempt in a crass top-down way to set up and control some sort of Leftist Guido lookalike, merely because Guido had been rooting out some painful stories about Labour machinations which otherwise might have been kept away from public scrutiny.

Why on earth did they think that this was necessary/desirable - and could work?"

Indeed, well said Charles...and careful with that addiction (WWW) !

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Paul said...

You know I have this worry about State control and Blogs - governments are worried about the power that they can't control. I honestly believe that if there was a will then an alternative system of government could be created via the blogosphere - problem is that people who blog about politics are generally so fed up with it I don't know if they could be arsed to organise it.

Span Ows said...

They are worried because in the last decade media control has gone beyond what it evber has become an art (a dark art!) it has been exceptional and blogs take away that control. It is funny to see Michael White on the Guardian claiming that blogs are made-up and what they say isn't true while assuming we all think everything he says, usually spewing the party line, is Gospel.

Paul said...

You're right about Michael White - by coincidence when I was sitting at Glasgow Airport I was thinking how important journalism has been in the past but will it be so in the future? Newspapers are losing money and in the future we will see fewer of them without doubt, they can't afford the traditional type of investigative journalism and there's no way that blogs can replace that on their own.