2004 Weblog Awards are a load of old bollocks

12 December 2004

The 2004 Weblog awards UK category shortlist seems little more than a roll-call of the “best” of British right-wing blogs, such as the Adam Smith Institute, An Englishman’s Castle, The Edge of England’s Sword, melaniephillips.com (oh the horror, I didn’t know she blogged), Biased BBC, Nanny Knows Best, etc. To quote one commenter, “It’s like Daily Mail Island”. Kudos goes to Wherever You Are for declining the token non-right wing blog spot.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoy reading some stuff from “the other side” (though not when it’s as painfully unfunny as this), but to push a purely right-wing agenda under the guise of a weblog award, well, it’s a bit shit, really. Why not some decent left-wing blogs like Harry’s Place, Bloggerheads or perfect.co.uk to redress the balance? Or even British blogs that aren’t just about politics? They do exist, you know.

I still voted though – I picked the Adam Smith Institute, if only because I am in awe at the chutzpah of an organisation that fiercely campaigns for the free market and minimal government, which at the same time gratefully receives over half its annual income courtesy of the taxpayer.


9 Responses

I think it’s not so much that they were rigged to promote right-wing blogs, but simply that nobody on the left knew about this particular half-assed circle-fondle. The nominations were made through suggestions in the comments; the site running the awards is right-leaning… basically, nobody ever told the left-wing (or – the very thought! – apolitical) blogs to nominate each other.

Because, you know, the blogosphere’s a unique and unprecedented information-dispersal network that knows no boundaries or limitations.

I’m not convinced by your theory – political blogs in the UK tend to have a gentlemanly system of linking to blogs from “the other side” (check out the blogrolls on most of them) and there seem to be people who read both sides. And it only takes one person to nominate a blog.

And, Christ, have you read any of Melanie Phillips’s blog? It’s awful. Regardless of her views, her writing is just, horrible, it’s like reading a long, continual shriek. And the design is terrible. It doesn’t deserve to be nominated at all.

The whole thing is a spore of Satan, a ghastly imperial mindwarp reaching out to seize the world.

Seriously folks, these people have invented some interface kultchatrap, automated the bloody thing and are now trying to run all the web awards in the world.

We had a perfectly good one, here in Australia, but everyone has just shuffled off like zombies and voted for this wretched reactionary front.

Means nothing. Just tarts up reactionaries.

And to top it off, one of the nominated sites recently accused me of being a lawyer, before giving me a bollocking because the site provokes the IE6 text selection bug.

iainl

“Chris, your site is crap, because my shitty browser has a bug in it.”

My heart bleeds.

They should really rename that category “Pricks Win Prizes”.

iainl

Sorry, I’ve just re-read the whinge, and realised I’ve got the above wrong. It should be

“You’re an evil scheming pinko lefty who is conspiring to cover up evidence of same, because my shitty browser has a bug in it.”

Melanie Phillips is an hysterical, ranting old bat with a shaky grip on reality and a limited understanding of moral complexity. No wonder Daily Mail readers like her.

Steve Badger

Melanie Phillips can’t even speel neither.