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?

13 comments:

susan said...

I know a number of journalist bloggers who are cute as well as restrained :-)

Ruth said...
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Ruth said...

"But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”
- from what I've heard, this description could be applied to much traditional journalism as well.

angus said...

Don't drink, too old for pimples and yes I would say face to face what I ramble on about in my piss poor blog.

jams o donnell said...

Oh there are Susan, many of them!

Ah that is true Ruth.. He conveniently forgets all the Lunchtime o boozes!

As would I Angus!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

It certainly looks like Andrew Marr is familiar with me and my way, Jams. However, he prudently omitted the term "unwashed" in his description, because this is one point (at least) where I beat him:

http://simplyjews.blogspot.com/2006/06/brits-back-to-future.html

Anyhow, I think, Jams, that we should arrange a meeting with the gentleman, having in mind some comparative study...

jams o donnell said...

Haha Snoop, but not washing his hair??? EWWWWWW!

Sean Jeating said...

Adding one 'r', dropping one 'l', and everything's being put within one word: Marrvelousy.

Claude said...

Is this true, Jams? Gee! Where does that leave me? Since I found The Poor Mouth, I stopped reading the "rags" and get all my news from you. Just don't rant late at night, please. Early drinking is OK. It clears the mind.

James Higham said...

Not the most beautiful man, is he?

jams o donnell said...

Haha Sean!

Ah Claude you get the untramelled truth here but no drunken rantings, I'm off the pop for the foreseeable future thanks to methotrexate!


He aint no oil paining eh James!

CherryPie said...

Made me chuckle :-) I am not pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, angry or drunk.

I will leave it for others to decide if I am socially inadequate though ;-)

jams o donnell said...

Oh certainly not Cherie!