Blogging a rant?

So Andrew Marr has waded in with an attack on bloggers?

Andrew Marr - a face for Radio?

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.”

Oh dear.

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?

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3 comments on “Blogging a rant?

  1. I made a very similar point on my blog (link below). At its best, blogging can be a wonderful complement to traditional journalism, providing breadth of opinion and in some cases more depth of analysis and expertise than is possible in mainstream media. (At its worst, it is a world full of bottom-feeders and trolls – a bit like the gutter press, in fact!)

    I’m not taking Marr’s comments too seriously – they smack of deliberate provocation and a desire to generate lots of PR (he succeeded on both counts), but it is nonetheless irritating that a professional journo with a national audience can make such broad-brush statements that he knows full well are unrepresentative of the wider blogosphere.

    Bah humbug.

    http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.com/2010/10/13/in-defence-of-bloggers-an-open-letter-to-andrew-marr/

  2. Yes I suspect this was about grabbing column inches rather than a serious attack. But a bit rich to use the blogosphere for material and than knock it?

  3. There’s a great debate on this issue going on over here too:

    http://www.jessicagottlieb.com/2010/01/bloggers-are-not-journalists/

    I agree that both bloggers and journalists have their place that is equally valid. It’s tempting for all of us to just rant, but who wants to read that day in and day out.

    We can deliver theories and ideas whereas BBC journalists are just not allowed to speculate these days. More than their jobs worth.

    His description of me is pretty accurate though.

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