On the importance of playing the ball…

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has been having some problems with posters not keeping the simplest rule in the Slugger book: play the ball, not the man! (Imitation, flattery, and all that good stuff). We have had plenty of experience on that matter. I recall sitting up till nearly 2 o’clock one night (you know where the tip jar is ;-)) refereeing a sustained (and highly unscrupulous) attack on the integrity of one NI journalist. But in the end such wanton attackers should not win out on the right of the blogger to blog what s/he chooses, and others to have a proper debate! Stick to your proverbial guns Mairtin!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty