Fall and fall of journalism (2)

The feedback on the session at the LSE on Monday continues with an impressive list mostly cribbed from speaker Sue Charman’s response (who kindly suggests that, amongst others, I should be more directly involved in these offline discussions). Neil McIntosh, from the Guardian was there. David Brake was blogging live (brave thing to do) from the even itself for the LSE Media Group blog. As was journalist blogger Rob Andrews, who has a very useful notation of the detail I’ve missed. Alistair Shrimpton of Moveable Type was also there, though I did’t get the chance to button hole him over our hideous exprerience of TypeKey.

  • Mick Fealty


    What I find both interesting and dispiriting about such debates is they claim blogging is something innovative, but when these debates are called they are organised along the same old hierarchical lines.

    What can be more dispiriting that yet another panel of talking heads? As with all such panels they will mainly be made up of people who have come to prominence by appearing in the old media. Without being insulting you are a case to point, thus anyone who runs a blog that is off centre will never be invited to sit illustriously on the raised platform. (people like Roberts and Sullivan whilst being on the right, due to the shift of the political spectrum rightwards, are regarded as being in the centre by the old media these days).

    Surely part of the joy of blogging is that it takes away this media promoted hierarchy, yet whenever one of these type of conferences are called they revert back to the old and stale political public meeting form. Thus little ever comes out of them because we know only to well what song the participants will sing having heard much of it before.

    Perhaps, as I was not at the meeting, I’m being to hard on you all, but surely we must look for new ways to organise such events and make them all inclusive not hierarchical. Otherwise they become little more than networking venues for ambitious bloggers and some where to go on a cold winters night for people who should get out more.

    By Mick Hall (moved here by Editor at Mick’s request)