To whom it may concern

Unlike some blogs, here at Slugger we have always tried to be more constructively critical of the ‘old media’. So we welcome the employees of those better funded organisations who stop by for tips or who pick out succinct turns of phrase such as, for example, “the dullest game of chicken in political history”. But next time, how about a mention of where you got the phrase from? Eh, Mr Thompson?

  • David Vance

    Can I just say that “unlike some blogs”, A TANGLED WEB does not prostrate itself to Big Media or look for kudos for borrowed phrases.

  • peteb

    You may be being a tad overly-sensitive there, David.

    Although “crypto-fascist propaganda machine” could hardly be described as being “constructively critical”. ;o)

  • Belfast Gonzo

    David

    You’re just jealous!

    :op

  • Mick Fealty

    Jealous, I think not. He’s hardly off the show. I take it none of us are photogenic enough to appear in his illustrious shadow!

    You might call this an appearance by proxy! :0)

  • peteb

    “He’s hardly off the show” – yeah.. yet another example of the “crypto-fascist propaganda machine” (copyright ATW) at work! ;o)

  • David Vance

    I reckon there is more entertaining and thoughtful debate here (and on ATW!) than on any Big Media political shows. Can I say that whilst I may not agree with you raving liberals 🙂 you frequently construct excellent arguments that seriously challenge my views. I have rarely, if ever, found this in a TV or Radio studio. The nature of the big media environment REDUCES argument to tedious and probably empty soundbites – whereas I think we actually do chew over topics. Now that’s enough self-praise, what was I saying about the crypto-fascist propaganda machine…????

  • peteb

    “The nature of the big media environment REDUCES argument to tedious and probably empty soundbites”

    Now David, we’ve had this discussion before – when John Humphrey’s threw his toys out of the pram :o)

  • David Vance

    peteb,

    Yeah but did we agree that I won? 🙂

  • peteb

    Yeah right! I seem to remember you went quiet on that thread before agreeing to anything :o)

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I must say, the quality of discussion on ATW isn’t bad.

    It’s no Slugger, but it’s not bad…!

  • Davros

    It depends whether we are contributing or not Gonzo!

    Deliberately ambiguous !

  • David Vance

    Right Davros,

    You’re banned!

  • peteb

    That’s, obviously, banned from ATW, David.. not here.

  • Davros

    Hmmm- looks over shoulder – Mick goes away and there’s an outbreak of humour ?

  • Mick Fealty

    Hmmmm…

  • peteb

    Well, Mick?

    Davros has already been banned from ATW :o)

  • Davros

    I have never been too proud to grovel….

    Grovel
    Grovel
    Grovel

    Davros Grima Wormtongue.

  • peteb

    That’s probably just as well, Davros :o)

  • Davros

    Incidentally – can anybody translate “Munitir na T

  • peteb

    Aren’t you banned? ;o)

  • Davros

    Grovelling pays pete 😉

  • peteb

    We’ll see

  • maca

    “Munitir na T

  • Davros

    Maca, that makes sense. It’s mispelled all over the place, including in the original article where I found it. I ran Google and Teoma, and it’s even misspelled in an Irish Govt document (Broadband for Ireland) which is why I thought I would ask !

    Go raibh maith agat.