“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.” Andrew Marr.
Well, that clearly describes me…
Great response from Luke Lewis (no relation!):
“What’s most dismaying about Marr’s broadside is that he’s evidently still labouring under the unbelievably outdated notion of bloggers as anti-social geeks. The reality is quite the opposite. Blogging is infinitely more “social” than writing for the print press, for the simple reason that it’s not over when you click publish.
A blog post is an ongoing dialogue. You encourage comments, then respond to them. If you’ve made a mistake, readers tell you, and you correct it. Online features often start with an inclusive Tweet (“I’m writing something on TV’s most self-important reactionaries – any suggestions?”), which means they end up being collaborative affairs.”