Thursday, June 14, 2007

Quick! Someone Call A Wahambulance!

Boring and geeky as blogging may be, blogging about blogging is far worse. Still, I've got to say that the Blogpower awards provided a rich vein of comedy - or at least the girly hysteria on display did.

What it was all about was that some of the nominated bloggers may have had - and you may want to sit down for this - links with the BNP! Not only that, some of the people voting for them may have been BNP members!!!

See ? The Guardian was right, it's 1938 all over again. Today on-line polls, tomorrow the world. Predictably, the richest source of hysteria was Blu Labour's clone army. Not to give aid and comfort to the enemy, but seriously folks, this hysterical desire to denounce sinister Nazi plots just makes it look like you've got a guilty conscience, as though you implicitly accept the Liberal libel that Auschwitz is just what you get when Conservatives get free reign.

Personally, I'm still a little mystified. How can I put this ? Mein Kampf - it's not a good book. To put it another way, if arguments are based on deranged fascist ideology, then they should be easy to tear apart. Yet the lynch mob seems remarkably reluctant to actually deal with the substance of what their opponents produce.

Nope, it's the mere fact that they are writing in the first place, reporting uncomfortable facts and raising difficult questions. Apparently, the hysterics think you're only a proper blogger if you confine yourself to the vapid, nicey-nicey, big end/little end debates of the mainstream parties. Never mind 'cheating' in polls, that's a worldview that's truly offensive to the spirit of the blogosphere.


As has been pointed out, the link just takes you to the main Blogpower page - I don't think there's a single post where any of these folks actually made their charge explicit, but there is a lovely bunch of sour grapes on show in the comments here.


Just to clarify, I'm not sniping at James himself, who only wanted to run some awards, not get caught up in a blogwar. Nope, it's the folks who kept yammering in his ear about dark conspiracies who tee me off.

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