Off Topic: Elitist British Journalists Hate Bloggers Too!
British snobs: they’re just like our snobs! While this story isn’t technically about sports, I just had to relay the statements made by one Andrew Marr, a political analyst and journalist for the BBC in England. Marr recently lashed out at the troglodytic knuckle-draggers who call themselves bloggers. Obviously, one has to assume Marr’s statements were regarding bloggers who ply their trade in the political arena, but the way he castigates bloggers by eloquently utilizing the tried-and-true reference that they are all ham-fistedly typing away in their mother’s basements and moreover, how he expands upon that played-out stereotype to include negative physical attributes is so typically British and amusing I had to pass it along.
Speaking at something called Cheltenham Literature Festival, Marr argues that “citizen journalism,” which I guess is how the Limeys refer to blogging, strikes him as “nothing to do with journalism at all.” He continues (via The Guardian):
A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people.
OK – the country is full of very angry people. Many of us are angry people at times. Some of us are angry and drunk. But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night.
It is fantastic at times but it is not going to replace journalism…
Most of the blogging is too angry and too abusive. It is vituperative. Terrible things are said on line because they are anonymous. People say things on line that they wouldn’t dream of saying in person.
Jeez, those Brits, even when they are insulting you, the way in which they can make anything sound, like, super smart and stuff causes even the biggest rip to sound complimentary. But pimpled? What a bloke this guy is! Clearly, Marr is not aware of a little wonder product called Proactiv. Hey, if that anti-acne medication is good enough for Katy Perry, it’s certainly good enough for “socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements,” am I right? Speaking of Katy Perry, that’s another characteristic Marr missed out on: all male bloggers, whether they be political or sports bloggers, also all share one other common trait: we are all obsessed with breasts. Can’t get enough of them. In a way, we bloggers all operate within some kind of fantasized, boobies-enriched reality, like we’re living in a Russ Meyer film or something. Boobs.
Marr on bloggers: inadequate, pimpled, single, seedy, abusive ranters [The Guardian]