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March 17, 2006

Kamm on Blogs

Oliver Kamm is, shall we say, less than reverential about blogs in The Times today.

Most blogs have nothing to say even then. Without editorial control, they are unconstrained by sense, proportion or grammar. Almost by definition, they are the preserve of those with time on their hands. Blogs have a few successes in harrying miscreant politicians or newspapers, but they are a vehicle for perpetuating myths as much as correcting them. In Mrs Huffington the preposterous term “blogosphere” has a worthy champion.

It’s essentially a response to Arianna Huffington’s piece in The Guardian a few days ago and so, necessarily and rightly so, puts the boot into her.

Still wish he’d used the "most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus" line though. I did.

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Kamm's comments might have had some force had they not appeared below the word 'Typepad'.

Posted by: Martin | Mar 17, 2006 9:26:20 AM

Why do bloggers have any more time on their hands than Journos? And why is that a bad thing?

Posted by: molasses | Mar 17, 2006 9:39:59 AM

Surely when one is accused of being without editorial control one is also being accused of not being forced to follow any philosophy other than one's own. How many Times journos beleive entirely in the political philosophy of Rupert Murdoch?

As for the spelling and grammar issues; I seem to remember a certain T Worstall of this parish pointing out a few bloopers from the Dead Tree Media recently.

It strikes me Ollie's just in a huff because a bunch of upstarts in their pyjamas are daring to invade his turf so to speak.


Tim adds: I wouldn’t be that tough on Ollie. He started as a blogger. I think this is rather a dry piece, after all, it does link through to his blog, does it not?

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Mar 17, 2006 12:01:45 PM

Yeh, maybe I was a bit nasty. It was a bad day: The new hottie from accounts is leaving for a better job and staff morale has taken a nosedive.

On a positive note, if Ollie was a blogger and now writes for the Times I'm wondering if there'd be a market for my inane drivel? Fame? Fortune? Newspaper groupies?


Tim adds: Well, they’ve started, in a small way, to buy pieces from me so obviously there’s a market for inane drivel.

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Mar 18, 2006 9:35:46 AM

Of course I'd have to start a blog first. And learn how to use spell checker

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Mar 18, 2006 9:36:54 AM

But does your drivel match mine for inanity (is that a word? Inaneness, perhaps?)

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Mar 18, 2006 5:00:18 PM