Guardian column: Blog bigotry

My Guardian column this week recounts my views on the blogging code of conduct kerfuffle and how this once again causes media to lump us all in together and judge us by stereotypes Don Imus wouldn’t get away with. Full column here. Snippet:

In the end, I’m afraid that O’Reilly’s crusade only gives reporters their latest excuse to slam blogs. It inspired a page-one New York Times headline labelling the crusade “A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs”. I got many calls from reporters wanting to do more stories about our nastiness. So I proved their point and got nasty in return, lecturing them all, arguing that they were viewing the blogosphere as a monolith and a mass when, in fact, it is the place where we finally can speak as individuals. But more important, they were judging us by our worst, which is like saying that the Guardian cannot be trusted because it’s a newspaper, just like those ratty red-tops, or that you are a hooligan just because some football fans are. It is blog bigotry. I growled at them.

No one’s going to tell me not to be disagreeable.

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  • http://www.nyart.co.uk NYArt

    Journo’s are a jealous lot, they hate blogs and the internet becasue ‘we’ have more readership then the lot of them combined.

  • http://deleted Tansley – addendum

    You know, you could just as easily have judged all of THEM by the standards, of say, Britain’s THE SUN or our own NATIONAL ENQUIRER…

    Fair’s fair, after all…

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    Right on, give that MSM and old media a lesson in the fallacy of lumping us all in together, it’ll show them what we can do!