Look at these jokers. Looks like a line-up of murderers from Inspector Morse shows, don't they? But no, in fact these crumbling fossils are the judges of the vanguard of new media. I'm not kidding. As Chris Dillow delicately puts it:
They seem to be precisely the sort of superannuated old ponces that blogging is a reaction against. Their belief that anyone of merit gives a damn about their opinion can only be a triumph of ego over evidence.
No wonder Dale got nominated by them. I imagine his dismal fare reminded them of Ovaltine and the Good Old Days rather than all those nasty bloggers saying Bad Things. Now put a fucking tartan blanket over the lot of them and forget about the whole sorry prize.
On the bewildering fondness of people to think of David "FOR FREEDOM" (lest we forget) Davis in being actually liberal/libertarian rather than merely opportunistic, David Semple says:
David Davis is leading the charge against the Secret Intelligence Service, by claiming that there is ‘a prima facie case to answer’ over the torture of Binyam Mohammed. Admirable though that may be, it is of course a political hitjob on the government penned under the rather patronising title, “We did things differently in my day, Mr Miliband.” The very title begs the raised eyebrow and sardonically toned question, “Oh did you really, you condescending bag of wind?” The answer to which is, unsurprisingly, no.
Alone in the Dark has more on the tea=cancer cobblers and other strange ontology in the weekly round-up.
Ben Goldacre on the irresponsible and unpleasant reporting of suicide. It's frustrating for journos, but it's a fact: tell people how to kill themselves and you may end up with dead people who might not otherwise be dead. No use thinking they'd've done it anyway. That just isn't right.
One for my fellow Bristolians last. The Bristol Blogger has a splendid takedown of a rather snotty load of old nastiness in my local paper at the weekend, which was basically a "Let's point and laugh at vegans because they're cunts" kind of article.
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