Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bob Piper stops blogging - for now

Apparently according to this post on his blog he seems fed up with the storm over the racism row. So he has for now decided to give it a break.

I hope he changes his mind. There are some quite simple rules to blogging. If you try to offend some people expect to have them come and bite back. If that is a problem try not to offend.

That said some times offending people can and is justified, in which case you had better stick to your guns.

Still sometimes you can make points with out resorting to sound bites and being offensive. I'd rather hoped that is what the blogosphere could be. We get enough silly soundbite diatribes in the MSM with out doing it the same way here.

Still the row may have some upsides. Unity at Minitrue has come up with this explanation of why he posted the original which is really good and despite its length well worth the read.

8 comments:

Ted said...

Benedict
Read Unity's excuses but not convinced. I'm not saying he or Bob Piper shouldn't express themselves as they wish but it was a crass attempt at satire. If you blog something others take exception to then accept the flaming.

Pragutory seems to have been flamed for highlighting it, Bob Piper burnt by it and Unity trying to put a huge amount of detailed psycholgical narrative behing a not very funny image.

I don't think its something anyone should lose their job over but if designed to get a rise out of people then expect that result.

Benedict White said...

Well, I take your point about the flaming. What has happened to Prague Tory has gone well beyond the pale of what is acceptable.

On the issue of Unity, I asked what form of debate he wanted to spark, and that seems to me a reasonable debate to spark. I am happy to take that at face value.

billy said...

I think that councillor Bob made a colossal misjudgement, that Unities 'explanation' is very self serving and what has happened to Prague Tory? I've often thought that it easy to have all the answers when living so far away but perhaps he doesn't live there at all?

Ellee said...

It proves that we don't need any codes for blogging, that we are self-regulatory and act accordingly.

Benedict White said...

Billy, yes that was a collosal misjudgement. I have said what I want to say about Unity though.

How do you mean what has happened to Prague Tory?

Ellee, I agree about the self regulation bit for sure. Regulating the web? No way!

billy said...

You said
"Well, I take your point about the flaming. What has happened to Prague Tory has gone well beyond the pale of what is acceptable."

is it that PT has been flamed? I looked in on his blog and it didn't seem that bad.

Benedict White said...

Billy, Alas, I am not able to elaborate on specifics.

billy said...

Benedict White said...
Billy, Alas, I am not able to elaborate on specifics.

10:22 PM, December 13, 2006

Is it a conspiracy theory? I hate those. Nothing to do with Do di and Di dying, I hope.