The Blogger wrote a letter recently to Venue in response to an article on local bloggers, which featured this blog. Of course I can’t link to the actual article because they still don’t put their editorial on the internet …
They featured a fairly random selection of blogs although, oddly, the article was fronted by two Tory blogs – James Barlow and Charlotte Leslie – while they found no space for Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, one of the few blogging MPs in the country.
Of The Blogger, they said because it’s written anonymously it wasn’t accountable, which elicited this response:
Thanks for the free plug in the blog article last week.
I was a bit bemused, however, by your claim that the Bristol Blogger “is anonymous and therefore unaccountable…”.
How does that work then? The last time I looked bloggers are subject to exactly the same laws – slander, contempt, copyright etc. – as any other publication such as yourselves.
And let’s be honest, even the dim and overpaid Oxbridge tossers at Carter Fuck and Partners or any other set of fancy city libel lawyers could find out who I am in the space of two phone calls if they needed to.
As for public accountability; while it ain’t perfect, I’m directly accountable to the public through the operation of an open and unmoderated comments system on my blog, which – as far as I can tell – is vastly more accessible and directly accountable to the public than anything offered by yourselves.
However much you ostentatiously publish your bylines and talk about accountability, the truth is that you – like any corporate-owned media – aren’t accountable to the public in the slightest. You’re actually accountable to a group of wealthy and anonymous Northcliffe shareholders aren’t you?
Oh, and when are you going to put your magazine on the internet?
The Bristol Blogger
So guess what happened? The self-styled experts on media ethics didn’t print it! So much for their accountability and my right of reply then.