The irregular quote of the day

16 Apr

From last week, Obsolete gives Oliver Kamm a jolly-good fisking: –

This is where Kamm’s pants begin to fall down. He claims that blogging requires little to no competence, and judging by how some blogs simply link to stories while the comments fill with outrage, he does have something of a point. The best blogs however are those that are fiercely independent, that do go in-depth and that then encourage discussion rather than throwing a cordon around any dissension. Ministry of Truth, Not Saussure, Pickled Politics are ones that instantly spring to mind. Kamm instead would prefer to ignore that these blogs do not exist: his own has no comment facility, because of the amount of people who vehemently disagree with him and his virulent pushing of a neo-conservative foreign policy, as well as his other interests, mainly insulting old communists and attacking Noam Chomsky. Out of all the “left” supporters of the war in Iraq, he’s the only one who hasn’t at the least expressed regret, or admitted with a heavy heart that had he known what would happen in the 4 years after the invasion, that he would have at least not openly supported the inexorable march to war. This is much the same reason why Melanie Philips (currently calling the Iranian regime “genocidal”) and her ilk don’t have comments enabled on their “blogs”; they’re afraid of being challenged and made to look bad, if not wrong. The Daily Mail website is an example of how comments can on the other hand be a bad thing: they’re so heavily moderated that hardly any dissent from the line the article is spinning is allowed, lest it start to look silly. This covert censorship is probably far worse than no interaction at all.

I enjoyed that.

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4 Responses to “The irregular quote of the day”

  1. null@childfacsimile.biz April 16, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    Cheers. “Kamm instead would prefer to ignore that these blogs do exist” should be don’t instead of do, obviously.

  2. null@childfacsimile.biz April 16, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    Cheers. “Kamm instead would prefer to ignore that these blogs do exist” should be don’t instead of do, obviously.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 16, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    I have sorted the typo.

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 16, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    I have sorted the typo.

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