Blog awards time again…

The Republic (in spite of its poor broadband rollout) is edging ahead of Northern Ireland both in terms of the range and quality of its blogging output and it’s proper recognition by the mainstream. Seoighe and O’Shea had a roster of bloggers on yesterday afternoon (kindly YouTubed by Red Mum). It features bloggers Sinéad Gleeson, Una Mullaly, and Simon McGarr. The Award ceremony is on Friday 3rd March in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin.

  • foreign correspondent

    I have browsed through quite a few Irish blogs over the last couple of years, but a lot of them are annoyingly smart-alecky. Not going to mention which ones. However, Sinead Gleeson´s site is always very good, she gets my vote. (As does Slugger, ar ndoighe)

  • Niall

    There is a huge element of smugness in the Irish blogosphere.

    Many Irish blogs don’t come across as an alternative to the mainstream press, but as an alternative to the bar stool.

    While it is a public discourse, the anonymity and safety of opining from your own home allows bloggers and commentators to be more obnoxious than they probably are in real life.

    What they wouldn’t say about somebody to their face they would gladly publish on the web.

    This can be good or bad. In some cases anonymity can allow people to make a contribution they might not otherwise make for whatever reason (oppression, peer pressure, social mores, simple shyness, lack of confidence in writing abilities); in other cases it appears to be little other than an excuse to dispense with manners.

    Bloggers’ reliance on other bloggers for links also means they are seldom critical of each other, which ultimately must be considered a compromise of the idea of DIY independent publishing.

    However, the real-time debates that can happen on blogs like this one are a refreshing improvement on a previously didactic press. It’s surprising more online editions of newspapers don’t exploit the blogging format more: there’s no real reason for opinion pieces not to have a comment option, and only makes columnists seem like they’re avoiding debate or criticism.

  • Bill

    Reminds me that sluggerites could not find what was wrong with the belfast Telegraph refering to the “scantuary” of the dressing room.

  • NI mainstream appreciation will hit a new (low) peak when Radio Ulster put out their half hour radio programme … sometime in March …

  • Mick Fealty

    Niall,

    In case it goes completely to loss, here’s one I did earlier on blogging’s potential for deliberative democracy…

    You probably answer your own question when you talk about “a refreshing improvement on a previously didactic press”. That didactic culture is there because of the nature of the print news cycle and probably explains why they have been slow. I suspect they will remain slow until they can make serious revenue.

  • I Wonder

    Anyone ever surveyed the actual times at which Irish male bloggers make their (allegedly insightful but usually deeply prejudiced, homophobic and mysogynistic) comments?

    Hint: Check the hours between 12am and 5am…

  • Mick Fealty

    IW,

    I’m generally only up at that time when trying to referee virtual handbag fights between our (largely male) commenters, or trying to get the toddler back to sleep…

    I’m also a male, a blogger and Irish…