Slightly seedy – possibly. Bald – not.

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Posted by Andy “Don’t Have A Basement” Bell

The BBC’s Andrew Marr has set the digital cat among the virtual pigeons with his views on us bloggers.

Marr has told the Cheltenham Festival that the blogospehere is full of “socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother’s basements.”

How very dare you !

Henny Penny the virtual sky is falling !

Mum ! The nasty man said bad things !

Bloggers leapt to the defence of their honorable craft.  Well they did just as soon as many of them had cleared the Clearasil they’d spilled over their keyboards.

The response to his less than kind comments has been entirely predictable.

No reasoned argument, just abuse. 

Marr is accused of being a dinosaur, a technophobe and out of touch. 

So there we have it.  A debate about communication reduced to name-calling and nose-thumbing. 

How very cutting edge. How 21st century. How disappointing.

Marr has overstated some obvious truths and then waited for hurrumphing from the usual suspects.

Truth to tell (deep breath), not every blog is a font of knowledge or insight, not every blogger is as calm, rational or entertaining as they think they are.

All of human existence is out there in blogland.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the boring, the silly.  I’ve been responsible for all five of that lot.

Heresy I know, but you have to call it as you see it. And Mr Marr has called it.

The anger and vitriol aimed at him, from basements and elsewhere, will go on and on and on.

With no limitations of space in the digital world this one could run until we all get that final Tweet.

 “Hell frozen over – OMG”.


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