I remember my nain telling me that these 'new fangled computer things' will never 'catch on'. She was rarely wrong - but she was about this and I am pleased that for once, I took no notice of her advice. We bought something called a ZX51 (I think) which had been just put on the market by Clive Sinclair (I think) for Edward, our eldest who was 10ish at the time. This came to my mind when I read an article by Melissa Kite in today's Telegraph, complaining about the evils of the blogosphere. She seems not to have the foggiest idea what blogging is all about.
Blamerbell asked me today how I looked on my blog. I replied that it was a bit like a chat down the pub. After a beer we all tend to be full of opinion and keen to put the world right. We like an argument about some common interest. We soon learn who we don't want to chat with because we are uncomfortable with their views - and we won't go to a pub if we don't like the general conversation. The blogosphere is like that. We visit the blogs we like - and we argue with people we have some respect for, even while disagreeing. We sometimes have to admit that perhaps we weren't 100% right. Now Melissa Kite has been chatting to people she doesn't like at all, and should have kept well away from. She has even grouped all bloggers together. She has also learned that if she writes poorly prepared articles for national newspapers, readers are going to comment on their blogs. She has found that journalists are a bit more accountable for what they these days. And if she thinks that blogs are going away, she had better think about what my nain said about computers.