Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Warren, Skippy, Ezra, Kate, Kathy, Jason, Scott et al.

Let me make a suggestion to all the angry, warring, partisan bloggers, those who have received writs and those who have issued them:
Take a week away from the computer. Do it for Lent or for Purim, or just for your own sake. Do it for your mental and spiritual health. See how very small the so-called "blogosphere" is, and how its fights are not worth your time and money.
It's easy to get caught up in the Internet. Lord knows, even media owners and senior execs have been caught in the Net, making irrational decisions based on their own Internet use, not on reality.
Anyone noticing that the pool of "important" bloggers hasn't become any bigger in the past five years or so? Or that Kate MacMillan, the most-read blogger in Canada, still has her day job? Or that the commenters on most blog sites tend to be the same group of about 30 people, going on and on, day after day? Or that none of the politicians who took up blogging in a big way are important players in Canadian politics?
So step back. Give your heads a shake. In 50 years, we'll all be dead. Is all the ugliness on the Internet worth the time and effort?

9 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Oh shut the hell up, Mark, you damned killjoy. This spat is very entertaining.

Ottawa Watch said...

It is, in a "drive-by-the-car-accident" kind of way, but all in all, it's a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Mark, W's physiological or psychological breakdown is eerily similar to the train wreck that was Britney. How many people watched THAT?! Exactly. You should know better than most, it pretty much started at the time W went after you. It is sad to watch a man digress to such levels but that makes him that much more dangerous to free speech, anti-censor loving Canadians. There's something wrong with him and he's going after decent, good people with the power of the next Prime Minister on his side .... not good.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Mark, couldn't edit. What I wanted to add was "he's going after decent people in REAL LIFE.

We're not talking throwing stones at each other online, he's looking to get them where it really hurts, the pocket book and limiting their freedom of movement. Limiting access to LPC to stop people from traveling? Come on man... that's dangerous, REAL LIFE, stuff.

Werner Patels said...

Well said. Indeed, the vast majority of Canadian bloggers are amateurs, including Kate, who couldn't write a 1,000-word essay if her life depended on it (hence a blog full of one-liners and nothing but "borrowed" content).

Those people are just lousy dilettantes.

Anonymous said...

Mark - Your assessment is correct. Canadians of all walks of life couldn't give a happy damn concerning the partisan bickering in the so called "blogosphere". Most of us inhabit the "biosphere" and here on planet Earth, most of us are centrist and don't care about the inside the Queensway partisan intrigue. We do care about how the mortgage or rent will be paid, our if our children will actually have a better standard of living than we do. Turning their attention to such issues would be more interesting and productive, than 'energizing the base', a concept that in reality is quite alien in Canada.

Ottawa Watch said...

The blogoshere reminds me of my time living in a small town, where everything seemed so damned important and everyone considered themselves to be the centre of the world. Then I moved to Ottawa, a city with a million people and the same small-town insecurities and lack of perspective. Maybe it's a Canadian thing.

Anonymous said...

I guess it provide lots of material for political science grad students in the 22nd century. Kind of like political pamphlets from the 18th century London.

bigcitylib said...

The Kinsella thing is notable because there seems to be some interplay between the Conservative blogosphere and the Tory Gov.

Warren has been mentioned in the HOC and Tory press releases about three or four times in that last couple of weeks. More often than V. Putin. I have no idea what the Tory strategy behind this is supposed to be.