Best of online times, worst of online times

A long bank holiday weekend in Lancashire sans l’internet has left me uninspired to blog (out of work hours) this week. So, a real contrast of online stories over the last fortnight. Stories that couldn’t be conceived of without the web and 21st century technology. 

Last week, had felt exciting and liberating: the Guardian really showed how citizen material can be incorporated into responsible journalism, opening up a story that needed to be told. Hail the web!

But then this week, ‘#smeargate’ or whatever you want to call it. Use of the web at its worst.  

I’m reading Diana Athill’s latest memoir at the moment. So far the internet hasn’t been mentioned once. I think I prefer her offline world right now.


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