Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Warning: blogs are not real journalism

Andrew Marr is right that blogging is not to be confused with journalism, but for the wrong reason (News, October 12).

The fevered rants from a barely-literate minority might cause amusement, but are only considered newsworthy within its own low-IQ population. They see themselves as 'cyber-warriors' protected by distance and anonymity.

There are exceptions - the Huffington Post springs to mind - but they are as easy to find as an eloquent football supporter.

It is the other side of blogging that irritates me. Read almost any 'celebrity' Twitter steam and you will find it as an extension of the marketing effort for whatever tat they're peddling this week.

So no, blogging is not to be confused with journalism. A more apt comparison would be with an out-of-control classroom in a borstal, full of nutters and spivs, where an occasional spray-down from a cold hose does them good.

So well said, Mr Marr.

PAUL HARPER

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