So Andrew Marr has waded in with an attack on bloggers?
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival he has suggested, “A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people. But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night.”
Of course Marr is a journalist and so may see blogging as a threat to his profession. I don’t see it like this at all. There is a place for all of us. Blogging allows people who might not ordinarily get a voice to speak out. I have no intention of becoming a journalist. I enjoy blogging; I hope it provides food for thought. I can rant at times, but that’s just me getting old.
I don’t recognise myself in his description – well maybe the slightly balding bit. I wish I did have pimples.
But I had to smile – he’s quite a good looking bloke himself? Should we all wish we were blessed with his good looks?
As one of the panellists on Any Questions noted – “isn’t he the bloke with a great face for Radio”… Meeow.
Just over a year ago rumour did the rounds when a handful of bloggers alleged that Gordon Brown was dependent on prescription painkillers and pills. The “story” was not carried by the press as it was regarded a unreliable. But that didn’t stop Marr asking the Prime Minister about it live on air on his Sunday show.
I wonder why it is ok to attack the blogging community but us it as a source for his show?