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July 11, 2005

Gremlins at The Guardian.

Yes, The Guardian has a round up of blog reactions to last Thursday’s bombings. Yes, they use a quote from me, the London News Review and Nosemonkey. Excellent.

But, umm, not sure whether it’s the reporter or the sub-editors who need a little update on how this internetwebbie thing works.

The europhobia blogspot and thesharpener.net both contained images of the London Eye supermimposed with the words: "We defy terrorism." Below the picture, the sharpener called for people to assemble in London in a demonstration of solidarity with the victims of the July 7 attacks.

"The europhobia blogspot"? How about Europhobia? Or europhobia.blogspot.com?


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"No grand demonstrations, few warlike chants, a desire for revenge, of course, but the reaction of the average man and woman in the street? Yes, you've tried it, now bugger off. We're not scared, no, you won't change us. Even if we are scared, you can still bugger off."


Well, yes, stirring words, well worth quoting, but, errm, Typepad perhaps? It’s only the second or third largest blog hoster. Can’t expect a major paper to know that now can we? Especially as the paper’s own blog manages to get it right.

A little more studying of this blogging thing perhaps?

BTW, a small note on whether this is a tipping point or system change towards citizen journalism or some such. It might be that the words of the non-professionals, non-members of the priestly caste, their photos etc, are now more freely available. Wouldn’t doubt that. But I think the message that needs to be received inside the halls of the profession, inside the temples of journalism, is that these voices are actually nothing new. The general public have been talking to each other and screaming at you in this manner for decades, the only difference is that they now have a method whereby you can hear them. Nothing new is being said.

It might come as a shock to certain opinion writers and columnists that the general collection of jokes, asides, snipes at you, disagreements with and at times, outright condemnation of your latest twaddle, these are not new things, this is what has greeted your every utterance for decades.

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it's not much, but it's something to say we are all stood with you.

Posted by: xman | Jul 11, 2005 9:04:19 PM

I think the message that needs to be received inside the halls of the profession, inside the temples of journalism, is that these voices are actually nothing new. The general public have been talking to each other and screaming at you in this manner for decades, the only difference is that they now have a method whereby you can hear them.

Heh. Nicely put.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 12, 2005 7:07:29 PM