Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dear Mr Marr ...

Sigh ... there's nothing new about blog bashing. (See here for a post on this blog from 2006 on the subject.)
Andrew Marr is the latest to voice his negative thoughts on bloggers recently at Cheltenham Literary Festival, provoking the inevitable cyber backlash.

It's all too, too tedious, darling, so I'm not going to bother to enter the fray as such.  I just thought I'd deconstruct his comment and see if it applies to me.

socially inadequate, (quite possibly)
pimpled, (thankfully not)
single, (nope)
slightly seedy, (no again - I'm very seedy, as anyone who knows me in Real Life can attest)
bald, (nope)
cauliflower-nosed (yuck, no.  My nose is definitely a potato)
young (Yes!  Yes!  Oh, all right then, no)
men (nope)
sitting (yep - definitely guilty on this one)
in their (and this)
mother's (but not this)
basements (or this)

So that leaves me with sitting and in their as the only parts of his comment that apply to this particular blogger.

See here for some of the other bloggers who break Marr's mould.
Or just take a stroll through my blogroll.


Sue Guiney said...

Yea, I saw this silliness but I couldn't be bothered to try to think of a clever way to reply. But I love this! Thanks on behalf of us all. Xo

Liane Spicer said...

Love your response! Mr. Marr sounds quite tiresome. I'm thinking of my blogroll as well and no, he's way off the mark. Maybe he needs to just go out there and get... Okay, never mind. :-D

Queenie said...

Hahaha me too! Nice one, Debi x

(word verification: growel - seems appropriate, if slightly mis-spelled - but then Mr Marr probably thinks bloggers can't spell, either)

Debi said...

Mould-breakers the lot of us ...

Ragged Thread Cartographer said...

Oh Dear. I blogged a letter (Dear Wingnut) this morning, and have just found yours. Shit!
How EMBARRASSING......... I was sort of using it as a thing about my blog, which I hadn't explained yet. It's new. I'm new. Please don't sue me for plagiarism!
Loved your piece anyway. Will now explore some more of your stuff.
Leaves quietly, tail between legs.

Ragged Thread Cartographer said...

Just had a thought - I've always considered our Andrew as pretty succinct/pithy and interesting when standing in front of No.10. Then Monday mornings on R4 was OK, (when I was up). But have you READ him? I got it out of library a year ago, his tome on political journalism. Thought it would be as good as John Simpson. Couldn't get out of first chapter before drowning in driest dusty quicksand I have ever had the misfortune to stumble into. So much for witty reading.

Debi said...

Welcome, RTC. From your comments, I'd guess your blog could never be described as dry, dusty quicksand. The blogosphere can't have too much quality blogging, so I hope you reach a wide audience.

Ragged Thread Cartographer said...

Thanks for that & your good wishes. Just found your reply. Bit late....!

just going to read Cambodia book post properly now