Jan 16 2007


Published by at 2:10 pm under Digital,Politics

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My Google Reader is on fire this morning thanks to the flaming Tim Ireland has unleashed on Paul Staines. Bloggers everywhere, from proppa blogga Tom Watson to Stuart Bruce and, er, Stuart Bruce, are barely able to contain their excitement.

It reminds me of the Hugh Grant / Colin Firth fight scene in Bridget Jones, the one where James Callis is so excited he rushes to the nearest pub, bursts through the door and blurts out “FIGHT! A real fight!”, to the bewilderment of the clientele.

Now. To my mind, some sort of anti-Guido movement is arguably long overdue. And I don’t mean that in an anti-Guido way. I enjoy reading his blog, although I do think Guido / Paul needs to guard against a tendency towards smugness and pomposity – much as Tim Ireland‘s Bloggerheads can appear hyperbolic at times. I guess like anything that gains mass popularity, Guido was bound to gain its fair share of detractors.

Tim raises some very serious issues, both in terms of how Paul Staines exercises editorial control of his blog, and in terms of a potentially serious flaw in Blogger’s handling of comments. I’d like to see responses from both Paul and Blogger.

In both cases, the response (if any) will directly affect how I view their product in future. As I’ve said before, it’s important to read anonymous, or quasi-anonymous, blogs with the appropriate caveats in mind. Ditto the importance of uncensored comments.

Ideally I’d like to see measured responses without the fisticuffs. But that’s about as likely as Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver sitting down to a civilised cup of tea.

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