I don't mind admitting I enjoyed myself yesterday on Sunday AM. The only other time I have been on the programme I did a paper review with Polly Toynbee and was extremely nervous. I remember locking swords with her on the Iraq war and her looking shocked that I should dare to disagree. Anyway, the point of this post is to draw your attention to a post by Oliver Kamm (blogger turned Times columnist) who thinks that Yasmin outargued me and that when she said that blogs are just a giant echo chamber and 'impoverish democracy' she was right.
Harry's Place comments: "So why does the rightwing Dale defend the messy but
essentially democratic and egalitarian nature of the blogosphere while the
ostensibly leftwing Alibhai-Brown sniffishly compares bloggers to 'bores in
That question seems to me less important than the debaters'
conclusions; Dale's are wrong and Ms Alibhai-Brown's right. There are good and
bad blogs, but the medium overall impoverishes our democracy. So far from being
"democratic and egalitarian", the proliferation of political blogs narrows the
range of opinion presented in the public square, to the extent that blogs are
taken seriously as an intermediary for debate.
So, is he right? You can guess my view. We'll talk about this more on Blogger TV on 18 Doughty Street at 9pm tonight when I'll be joined by Stephen Pollard, Ben Sherreard, Devil's Kitchen and Rachel North.
If you want to see the piece on Sunday AM click HERE. It's 28 minutes in.
UPDATE: Slugger O'Toole brings some sanity to the debate HERE.