Little to say for myself

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Warning: This Post Has Not Been Edited

Here endeth a couple of weeks' radio silence, caused mainly by a prolonged stint in Toulouse (more of that later) but also a losing battle (for access to MY computer) with three pre-pubescent boys addicted to GTA Vice City. What a dreadful parent I am.


Just heard a piece on Today about "this thing called blogging". Radio 4 - topical as ever. It came on at about 8:15am, so you could click on their "listen again" link for 8:10am, although I warn you it only lasted a few minutes.

They interviewed Corey Doctorow, who explained what a blog was, and what he used his for. Edward Sturton was either playing dumb for effect, or was actually clueless as to what a blog is - which surprised me. Then, for balance, they brought in someone (whose name I didn't catch) who was anti-blog. She said that the problem with blogs is that they're not professionally edited, so you don't know whether the source is reliable. Well - duh! Why the hell does she think people write them? There's absolutely no way the crap I write would get past a professional editor.

posted by Plig | 09:36 |

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