January 09, 2006
This is a Blog Post.
Various people (myself included) think that there isn’t really a grand divide between blogs and newspapers. Rather, that, where they meet, it’s a little difficult to decide which is which. Yes, of course, one is being paid for and appears on a dead tree but that’s not quite what I mean. This, by Sam Leith, is better written than many a blog post but it’s got all of the same ingredients.
A story in yesterday’s Mail, extracted, the author’s further observations....all it really lacks is a link to the original and the naming of the paper.
Oh, and he missed the Australian chant which I thought was the best. Something about I’m blind, I want to be a referee.
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Well journalists as you observed, are probably mostly better at the written prose, cos this do it all day, or night.
I've hired journalist copywriters and they definitely come at things with a certain angle.
In terms of columnists - blogs are no different at all. Both columnists and blogs offer opinions. Some are more subjective than others. Both newspaper columnists and bloggers can spout various shades of sh*te. Although never you Time, of course...
In terms of reporting news and stories etc, blogs are similar - offering partial views of the truth! some offer more interesting or detailed views, or new angles on stories, or can field to a wider range of people for information or to test hypotheses etc.
I'm giving up reading the 'papes. Planning to learn languages in my 2 hr commuting time instead. I'm not getting much out of reading the news any more. I think its going to be more productive in the long run if I can gavaroo pa-russki, besser sprechen deutsche or parlez francais...
Tim adds: Given your home situation wouldn’t not commuting be the best time to learn Russki? Anyway, as long as you’ve got piva, adin, mozhatbit and t’voi mat’ down pat what more do you need? Skolka perhaps but how much more?
Posted by: angry_economist | Jan 9, 2006 10:51:28 AM