Thursday, June 29, 2006

Yet another Dead Tree Press diatribe against the political blogosphere

With 114,000 hits a month he doesn't need any publicity from me, but this exchange between Iain Dale and a rather ill-informed Independent leader-writer has to be seen to be believed.

It comes hard on the heels of the Catherine Bennett episode earlier this month in which the Guardian columnist bemoaned the male domination of the blogosphere.

I don't think this is really about gender politics at all. As I said on that occasion, it has much more to do with the strange mixture of fascination and contempt that the mainstream media appears to hold towards the world of blogging.

In fact it strikes me that the relationship is becoming not unlike that which exists between the Lobby and politicians - both needing eachother while simultanesouly despising the other.

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3 comments:

jane said...

the relationship is not quite the same because bloggers don't need the dead-tree media - political ones spend far too much time commenting on them though - just read some "non-political ones". We bloggers should ignore the dead trees and do our own stuff.

Anonymous said...

Was it the great Ffrench Mathemagician Des Cart-Ez who said "Cogito ergo sum" (which translated means I blog therefore I am

Anonymous said...

re Jane

Am I right to think that Estonia like Russia (but unlike Inglaterra) does not have Garden Hedges - hence the absence in Russian of the expression "Not seeing the Wood for the Dead Trees"