Andrew Marr thinks bloggers are inadequate, pimpled and single. We’re also “cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in our mother’s basements and ranting”… *looks at photos above, shrugs*.
The childish and deliberately inflammatory language doesn’t bother me. It’s Marr’s references to ‘citizen journalism’ that jar. The notion that bloggers are second-rate journalists, failed authors and/or washed up reporters is a huge insult to this community of talented, ambitious and influential people.
Many bloggers actually are real-life journos. They’re writers, editors, photographers, authors. And others have stella careers in all sorts of industries, from fashion to finance. Some are students, unemployed, working towards their dreams or just plodding along, happily or otherwise. Their blogs don’t define who they are and nor do their jobs.
Yesterday, Bangs and a Bun posted about her experiences with a PR agency. The one thing that stood out most in her story was the clear lack of understanding of her influence as a blogger. If she were a Guardian journalist, would she be treated in the same way? Probably not. But Bangs is a blogger, and as we’ve learnt from Andrew Marr, what she says could never replace journalism. So why bother trying to understand the platform? Best to think of bloggers as pretend journalists whose words hold less clout than Rooney’s marriage vows. No matter that Bangs has been interviewed by PR Week after the fall out from her post…
I wonder if Andrew Marr thinks all McDonald’s kitchen staff are wannabe Ramsays?