That crisis in political blogging/journalism?

Just quickly, and on the hoof, here is some more from the Great British Blog Journalism Debate. British Spin has an interesting, and exceptionally nuanced, take on Polly Toynbee’s recent speech The Art of the Columnist, in which she suggests that all blogging has told her is that she has about 50 arch enemies.Mr Spin identifies the key problem with putting the blame on Bloggers; it weren’t them wot started it:

The trouble is that the biggest outbursts of outraged ranting and ill researched nonsense tends not to come from the small audience lunatics like me, but from blinkered idealogues given space in the Guardian and the biggest source of ill informed gossip and speculation as central fact are the TV news channels.

Whether it’s Andrew Murray, the always reliably barmy A L Kennedy, or today’s effort from Geooffrey Wheatcroft, the Guardian has done more to promote ranting than any number of blogs. And whether it’s Natasha Kaplinsky, Andrew Neill or Kay Burley, the TV news channels have done more to promote superficiality and scandal as the currency of news than any number of spittle flecked bloggers like Guido Fawkes.

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