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British blogging.

In Saturday's Guardian Mark Lawson brought blogging that little bit further into the light of mainstream media. He opened with "It's uncut, leftwing and Pooterish". He describes the general tone on show as "more bottom of a liberal broadsheet letters page" and goes on to say:

the majority of British blogging is leftwing. And almost all the bloggers seem to be male, which suggests at least one institutional problem of the old media has not yet been corrected by the newcomer.

and that's me. I am a man and leftwing and while we're at it I'm probably "pooterish" and could definitely do with an editor, internal censor, something. Apart from bad writing, what's wrong with all that? The internet and blogging is supposed to be an everyman thing. Anybody can do it, my one or two readers (hi!) would probably assert that you don't even really need a great deal of talent, the real point is that people are attempting to contribute. Contribute to the general understanding of what's going on or even just a very specific feeling about what's going on at the time.

Its contributing to something which has been totally off limits to the vast majority. Only a very few people have ever been able to comment and have it read by people across the country or the world. To have that opportunity is amazing.

While I agree with some things Lawson said:

But what we're mainly getting from bloggers is media commentary or, even worse, media commentary on media commentary.

Quite unexpectedly for a journalist, I came out of the experience with a fresh respect for editing and mediation. Not all intervention is censorship. At its worst, blogworld most resembles a radio phone-in for leftwing men but without a Victoria Derbyshire or Brian Hayes to interrupt the callers who lose the thread and start to free-associate.

I have to say that at its best the blogosphere, blogworld, whatever, is a great thing. Its an outlet for the writers and for the readers its indulgence.

As free media, without any inyourface self-promotion, anything a reader gets out of it is a pleasure. Whether its being made to think, pointed in the direction of something really interesting that you'd have missed otherwise or just getting really pissed off. Your sole investment is time and you generally leave a little better off.


Blogger Herge Smith said...

Nice piece,

It is good that so many people can write and then express themselves immediately to a wide audience, rather than just sitting, fuming at home. It'll be interesting to see what the ultimate impact on publishing is.

Mind you, there is a lot of crap in the blogverse - me completely included - and I have a feeling that all the really good stuff is going unread.

Mind you, I'm reading your blog, so it's not all missed.

btw, nice bit of left-wing male blogging.

Wed Apr 27, 12:15:00 PM GMT  
Blogger chris said...

thanks. :)

and welcome.

and I have a feeling that all the really good stuff is going unread.

its almost impossible to tell. Blogger alone must have millions of writers updating everyday. Some of it must be good. Or at least nearly there :)

Wed Apr 27, 01:15:00 PM GMT  

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