On blogging

I read this post last week on why it’s not yet time for bloggers to capitulate to Facebook. I found myself nodding along in agreement even before I had read the post. I certainly think the proponents of the ‘Blogs are Dead’  theory are premature. As Jon Worth points out, political blogs are simply undergoing a process of change. Whilst heavyweights such as Iain Dale and Tom Harris have stopped (Hopi Sen has also slowed down) and hobby bloggers have gotten bored, the mainstream media are stepping in to have some fun. Furthermore, the way of the future looks to be collaborative blogging.

The issue of collaboration is a murky one, however. A new aggregator site, The London Tribune, was recently set up. Essentially it regurgitated blogposts from multiple London bloggers (with accreditation) so that those with not much time on their hands could go to one place and have an overview of London news, politics and cultural stories/events. Some bloggers, such as the author of the excellent 853, took exception to what was perecived to be outright ‘content theft’. I did ask why he had taken such umbrage to his posts being aggregated but still no reply as this goes to press, so it were.

Intriguingly, The London Tribune site is no more. Try visiting the home page and you will be met with “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.” A pity.

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‘Green’, or ‘green’

This may come across as rather pedantic, but it’s annoying nonetheless so I shall run with it.  I keep (inadvertently) clicking on links on my twitter feed that take me to Green Party press releases or the latest partisan article written by their leader, Caroline Lucas. Why? Because people keep on posting links with descriptions such as ‘the green case for voting reform’, or ‘the green case for nuclear’.

This is annoying. The Green Party of England & Wales do not have a monopoly over the term ‘green’. As I said in a tweet earlier today: ‘@davidmentiply Please be explicit when [making a] party political point.’ Otherwise, it comes across as though the Green Party/their leaders are speaking on behalf of other self-identified greens who happen to be non-aligned or of another party altogether.  I’m sure we agree on a lot of issues but, similarly, there are many cases where we do not. For clarity, let’s try not to blur the lines if we can help it.

Sunday seven

Happy May Day/Labour Day/Workers’ Day! Here are a few (totally unrelated) links for you to click on:

  • Environmental regulations are visible from space (Grist)
  • Why is Twitter moving to the downtown Central Market area in San Francisco? (also from Grist)
  • The China-Singapore High-Speed railway construction is underway (People’s Daily)
  • Trams are the future (Ecologist)
  • A four day ‘green car show’ will be held in London’s Battersea Power Station in September (Green Car Website)
  • Qatari Diar is to buy a 50% stake in the iconic, grade II listed building (The Peninsula)
  • It’s not only Battersea that Qatar is interested in. The Qatari royal family have taken advantage of the weak pound and have been buying famous London landmarks (the Glass Shard at London Bridge, Harrods and own a quarter of Canary Wharf) with a view to selling them on in the long term (BBC)

Five from the Web

Forty years ago this 22 April, Earth Day was first celebrated by 20 million Americans. Visit earthday.org to see how you can get involved in 2010.

An article in Treehugger looks at the energy impact of Twittering. How much does each Tweet cost in carbon footprint terms?

According to the Times, one side effect of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano has been that carbon emissions have been cut dramatically over the past five days.

The Telegraph reports how the LibDem leader, Nick Clegg, today commited £3bn for a green jobs revolution.

And finally, Mark Lynas vowes to practise what he preaches.