Sunday, October 02, 2005

Requiem for Harry

I'm not particularly a fan, and I've frequently disagreed with him, but at the very essence, he's right about blogging, and he's right about democracy; his quote from John Lloyd about reason replacing dogma is something I definately relate to, although in my case it was a drift towards support of markets and an acceptance of the monarchy; not sure he'd like that, but well. Harry steps down from running his place. The site remains, and I'll still go read it every so often.
The liberating element of blogging lays precisely in the fact that we are able to create our own platforms or spaces to challenge the views of that small group of people who are fortunate enough to be given column inches. Some of the opinion makers have responded well to this challenge, choosing to engage with people who are, after all, nothing more or less than their interested readers while others have been less enthusiastic, even hostile, about the fact that people are actually taking up their arguments – they should get used to it because, while individual bloggers like myself may come and go, this medium isn’t going to disappear nor are readers going to return to being passive consumers of other people's views.

Let's face it, how can you dislike a blog that has that quote as its strapline?
"Liberty, if it means anything at all, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear"
-Good luck Harry

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