Monday, 11 October 2010

Dear Andrew,

Dear Andrew Marr,

Or can I call you Andy? Well you obviously know me so well that we are obviously onto little pet names for each other (Trust me, you got off lightly with Andy)

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kellie, I am 3 *cough* years old and I am a MILLION miles away from being a , um..... how did you so delicately put it? Oh yes.

socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young man

Oh Andy, Andy, Andy. You disappoint me, you really do.

You have forgotten the first rule of journalism. NEVER MAKE SWEEPING GENERALISATIONS (unless you work for the Daily Mail)

Yes there are some bloggers out there who should have their keyboards confiscated for spouting vitriol all over the internet, who are single, bald, pimpled and living with their mothers, but surely you must agree Andy, the EXACT same comments can be made about SOME journalists? (especially the socially inadequate part)

Andy, may I bring your attention to this comment?

"Most of the blogging is too angry and too abusive. Terrible things are said online because they are anonymous. People say things online that they wouldn't dream of saying in person."


True, but that isn't just bloggers, that is people on Facebook, Twitter, even Moshi Monsters (Those 7 year olds can be MEAN)

Have you got your Social Media a little bit mixed up in your head perhaps? Not all of the people who rant about the X-factor results are bloggers you know, Not everyone has a blog, not everyone WANTS a blog.


Another comment Andy?

"But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night"


Pot-Kettle, Kettle-Pot. (and that is as far as I will go with that debate-hic)

Andy can we get to the main point I think you have here. A line that you probably thought would be overlooked, a throwaway line.

"It is fantastic at times but it is not going to replace journalism."

AND THERE WE HAVE IT.

Oh Andy, do we threaten you? Are you feeling terribly insecure? Are you hearing about Social Media dealing with issues such as Juarez and the latest superb campaign giveandmakeup  and feel like print is a dying art?

Us Bloggers have never had a problem with print, but print has always had a problem with us.It's sad but true.

Instead of fuelling the flames Andrew Marr, Why not read a couple of the SUPERB blogs that are out there and put down that broom you have been using to make sweeping generalisations with.

You may learn something.


Social Media is not the enemy, It seems that at the moment Andy, you are your OWN worst enemy.



Bigt Fashionista x x
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4 comments

  1. Absolutely spot-on, I think you should send this to him :D

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  2. Well said!
    I believe bloggers are helping journalism move away from its old school BBC/middle class boring traditions (I should know, I've been a journo for *cough* nearly 20 years).
    Andrew Marr is a pompous old fool, and his journalistic credentials 'should' have kicked in and stopped him making such crass sweeping statements.

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  3. I was pretty disappointed when I saw these comments from Andrew Marr. On further investigation I read somewhere that his swipes were aimed at policital bloggers rather than the whole blogosphere, I don't know if that's true or not but tarring everyone with the same brush is always a little silly. Supposing this rant was aimed at all of us I would LOVE Mr Marr to stop by my fluffy beauty blog sometime. I'm sure he won't find a great deal there that would interest him but there's no anger or abuse in sight. Ok, ok, I'll admit to the occassionaly blemish (he's got me there) but really I'm just a girl who likes chatting away about lipstick! xxx

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  4. Someone sounds a little insecure... like his position is so tenuous that he feels threatened by a bunch of 20/30 something women chatting about the best kind of concealer? Really? As much as i love reading/writing blogs, I don't feel like that will ever take the place of well researched, considered pieces of journalism - so why should he?

    Pillock.

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