Sunday, 9 November 2008

Your daily cynicism and despair

Hazel Blears on political blogging this week:

"Until political blogging 'adds value' to our political culture, by allowing new voices, ideas and legitimate protest and challenge, and until the mainstream media reports politics in a calmer, more responsible manner, it will continue to fuel a culture of cynicism and despair."

Now in what way does blogging - which, for the first time in history, allows the citizen to publish his views to a global audience in real time, for free - not allow "new voices, ideas and legitimate protest and challenge"? For fuck's sake. In its utter lack of logic and use of thought-free buzz-words - anybody want to add some value? - it's a quite incredibly vapid and stupid remark. Oh, am I "fuelling a culture of cynicism", Hazel? So sue me.

What she means, of course, is that political blogging is dominated by right wing men, and she doesn't like them and she doesn't like what they produce. The instinct of this authoritarian government, in the face of this, is to attack the bloggers, and, no doubt sometime down the line, to attempt to 'regulate' them, rather than to rejoice in this new space for democratic debate and encourage left-wing bloggers to meet the challenge of Guido, Dale et al. We've already had murmurings from the EU on blog regulation, which no doubt the Government is quietly encouraging.

Update: I realise I didn't point out above  the sinister use of the phrase "legitimate protest and challenge". It suggests Hazel thinks some political blogging is illegitimate, which is worrying in the extreme.


Captain Haddock said...

Iain Dale was interviewed on PM last week and AGREED (!) with most of what La Blears said. Pity they didn't ask Guido for his calm analysis...
PS Dno hit the nail on the head (as usual) in his comment on your previous post. Obsession is not a pretty sight - move on my son.

dNo said...

Strange Mr Mac, as you have been so supportive of Brown and the twee Blears... hey i liked that - why did no one else ever call them Goldilock and the Truth-Free Blairs... ok stopping now!
And Captain Haddock - a compliment! Your humble writer is abashed and prostates (or is that prostrates - have i compromised myself???) himself at your fishy feet.