What’s so ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’ about this lot?
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Cyberspace is currently riddled with anguish over remarks broadcaster Andrew Marr made about bloggers, calling them "socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basements."
The BBC’s former political editor called citizen journalism the “rantings of very drunk people late at night. It is fantastic at times but it is not going to replace journalism."
Predictably, Marr’s name has been muddied by commentators on Twitter and forums across the internet ever since he made the remarks during a talk at the Cheltenham Literary Festival earlier this week.
Ever anxious to enter the debate, The Independent Online – which has a dedicated blogging area – has come up with ten examples of blogs which we think defy Marr’s assessment of drunken rantings, and offer up a unique or interesting perspective which adds to modern day journalism rather than takes from it.
We’ve deliberately avoided some of the more mainstream offerings, like Perez Hilton, Guido Fawkes and the Hufffington Post, seeking not to repeat a statistically-based top ten. This is a more esoteric list of the blogs which amuse or intrigue those of us here.
Please offer your thoughts and suggestions below and help us answer this question: does blogging support or undermine modern journalism?
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Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study
Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
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