11 October 2010
Mr Marr, Mr Pot and Mr Kettle
Yes I know I am far from being the first to blog this but I just couldn’t resist
Andrew Marr has taken a swipe at bloggers stating that "Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all.”
He went on to say: "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… OK – the country is full of very angry people. Many of us are angry people at times. Some of us are angry and drunk… But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”
But it’s not all bad: "It is fantastic at times but it is not going to replace journalism… Most of the blogging is too angry and too abusive. Terrible things are said online because they are anonymous. People say things online that they wouldn't dream of saying in person."
To be honest Marr is not too wide of the mark – a lot of blogs are ranting dross (or in the case of the Poor Mouth just dross!). But saying that a lot of bloggers are deficient in the pulchritude department is a bit rich Mr Marr!
Mr Pot and Mr Kettle?