More evidence of blog-induced paranoia in the “traditional” press.
The latest edition of Private Eye (no.1214) carries a review of Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile by Geraint Anderson. After explaining that Cityboy had its origins in thelondonpaper as a “sort of pretend blog”, the reviewer sulkily observes:
Like anything that looks a bit like a blog, its author* was swiftly signed up to produce a hardback book for tons of money.
Unsurprisingly, given that this is how the review starts, the book is found wanting in almost every respect and the reviewer concludes by suggesting:
Maybe it was foolish to expect any more. Cityboy might not have been a real blog, but this book does demonstrate many of the weaknesses of the form: arrogance, carelessness and, above all, a terrible poverty of imagination.
Arrogance, carelessness and poverty of imagination? How irritating – it’s not as if you’d ever find any of these faults in any other of the print media.
* I assume it was the column which “looked a bit like a blog” rather than its author. Carelessness? You decide.