World of Blogs

Matthew Turner complains: “Isn’t the blogosphere boring at the moment?”

Well, I don’t much like the word “blogosphere”, I don’t think it’s appeared on this blog before, and I agree that things have been quite quiet chez the Virtual Stoa since an possibly-unprecedented amount of material was posted in the first half of November. But some of the following links have been keeping me entertained over the last few days, in the interstices of this, that and the other (which mostly involves marking essays).

Gert’s blog of President Bush’s trip to London is very well done, and very useful for those of us who aren’t living there and only use the telly for rugby and DVDs. Recently there’s been Josh Cherniss’s Greatest Marxists poll which started here, ended here, and prompted discussion here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here; and some of us are waiting for the announcement of the normblog’s Alternative Big Read (my picks were Ulysses, War and Peace and Midnight’s Children with Catch-22 following closely behind, and a long hard brood about what I really think about Brideshead Revisited).

One unintended consequence of the Mass. Supreme Court‘s work this week is that Andrew Sullivan’s blog has become readable again — and, just as predictably, it has prompted howls of… something… over at Conservative Commentary as well as a more thoughtful dissent from Nathan Newman (and this recent post of his on free speech and the Right also deserves a second look).

Thinking of the Right, Melanie Phillips’ blog is now churning out her particular brand of reasoned social commentary on a more-than-daily basis, and she has accumulated a small army of balanced commentators. And she certainly won’t like being listed next to what is almost certainly the most intriguing new-ish blog, Belle de Jour, being the blog of a London call girl, and which Green Fairy has been usefully advertising for a while now.

Finally, looking beyond the blogs to the kinds of things people occasionally blog about, if only to say, go here and read this: The Onion has a small classic, “Media Criticized for Biased Hometown Sports Reporting“, though it’s probably better if (a) you’ve ever lived in America and (b) you’ve ever been on the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting emailing list.

What we’re all really regretting, though, is not being at the Kendal ASDA for a chat with Tim Collins MP on the issues that matter last week.

Alright. That’s not a great deal. But it’s better than nothing, and probably better than whatever the TV show was that Matthew thought we should be watching instead. Perhaps the world of blogs has been dull because we’ve all been watching too much rugby and going to Emmylou Harris concerts instead of staring at our computer screens for too many hours of the day.

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