Send Mick to Paris!

Top Ten LogoMick will probably have something to say about this tomorrow but, as the top ten [from 25] will be selected in an online public vote, and given that we’re up against some possibly more widely known websites [The White House?! – Ed] And Twitter. And Peter Greenberger of Google. Congratulations to Mick for Slugger’s appearance, for the second time, amongst the great and good finalists of the PoliticsOnline and the World e-Democracy Forum annual list for nominations of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics [2009]. Now get over there and vote! Here’s Mick’s pitch for votes in 2006.

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  • Mark McGregor


    If the site does well surely it is amuch your prise as Mick’s given you added more content in recent years?

    Or I suppose, if the site does badly that’s a reflection on the content you added?


    Best of luck to Pete and his sidekick Mick.

    (and can we turn off the friggin registration!)

  • Mick Fealty

    I’ll turn off the reg when I’m sure I know what’s happened. Go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose. In which case I’ll not be going to Paris in a hurry, win or no.

    But we’re going to need all the support we can get since we’re up against sites that are much bigger than us. We’d need this to go viral!

  • Mark McGregor

    Don’t worry Mick, I’ve voted for Pete and will be encouraging others to do likewise. Would be very fortuitous if you were in Paris on the same day he got the award.

  • Pete Baker

    As I’m sure you’re aware, Mark, my contribution to Slugger has not changed from 2006.

    It will be Mick’s prise[sic]. And deservedly so.

    If we can garner the necessary votes.

  • Secret Squirrel

    I’ll turn off the reg when I’m sure I know what’s happened.
    I’m confused. Was it all over that inquisitive citrus fruit ?

  • Harry Flashman

    Duly voted, all the best Mick (and the rest).

  • joeCanuck

    My bit done. Hope you come out tops or high Mick, and,indeed, Pete.

  • Rory Carr

    I was happy to cast my vote for Slugger in the main because the assertion below from 2006 remains largely true:

    Three years ago, when Slugger was only small in an interview for weblog magazine, I told Rebecca Blood: ‘There have been no conversions as such. But there have been some journeys. Mostly in civility. We have seen a growth in tolerance between people who were very short with each other when they first met.’

    Indeed it is the slow but steady growth of that tolerance and civility “between people who were very short with each other when they first met” that is the distinguishing accomplishment of Slugger and while this might seem a small accomplishment in other arenas it is not one to be sniffed at lightly in a society that has been at war with itself not just for thirty years, nor indeed the ninety years of its formal existence as a mini-state, but for hundreds of years before that.

    Whatever faults I may find with Slugger or whtever exasperation I may suffer at some of its content there is no doubt in my mind that it is a serious tool for progress in Ireland and as such deserves our support.

  • Peter Fyfe

    is it a case of vote early and vote often?

  • voted. good luck mate. Don’t forget to put an update on the Facebook Slugger page if you haven’t already.

  • Dewi

    “ it a case of vote early and vote often?”

    Tried it I’m afraid…need to use another IP address thingy…

  • Dave

    Rory, isn’t it amazing how civil people become with each other when a moderator makes that a condition of posting, enforced by a ban for non-civility? In regard to social intercourse (don’t you dare) between the prod and the taig, the solution to a lack of civility is, therefore, is to place a Slugger-trained moderator at ten metre intervals on every busy street who will interject with a yellow or red card upon detection of raised voices.

    Alternatively, the general improvement in civility between said prod and taig may not be due to the fact that the tiny minority of shits who caused all of the trouble have now been rewarded with political power over those they formerly terrorised and deem that arrangement to be a more agreeable racket than their decommissioned former organised murder gang racket.

    The arrangement you have now is substantially the same as the one that you could have had 35 years ago, and the civility that you have now, you would have had 35 years ago. The only difference being that if you had of accepted that the British government devised in 1973 now as opposed to what the British government devised in 1998, you’d all be in a united Ireland by now, whereas now you never will be since the British government devised a solution the second time around that requires the dismantlement of the Irish nation-state and its replacement with a replica of Northern Ireland as a condition of unity, making you all unionists.

    In regard to Slugger, I’ve been a fan since I first stumbled onto it. I’m not sure what value, if any, debate actually has in NI since the ‘peace process’ is top-down, with the people being directed according to the will of the agencies who hold the sovereignty. The mandarins decide where they want you to be, and then you are led there. In that context, you have the illusion of free political will but your destination is already predetermined (and not by you). And besides, I suspect that the idea that anyone (who actually has any power, i.e. the British mandarins) pays a blind bit of heed to the ramblings of a few cybergeeks and party hacks with too much time on their hands is mere conceit.