[LINK] Whaddyareckon of the Ruddblog?

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Fri Jul 17 08:17:07 AEST 2009

Gntle Linkers, I've just posted this at
http://stilgherrian.com/politics/whaddyareckon-of-the-ruddblog/ ...

Kevin Rudd launched his prime ministerial blog http://www.pm.gov.au/PM_Connect/PMs_Blog 
  yesterday. I’m not sure it’s going to work -- as I already told  
the Fairfax newspapers. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/blog-standard-approach-brings-pm-to-the-people-20090716-dn1e.html

     In addition to the common prohibitions on defamatory and abusive
     content, the rules for Mr Rudd’s blog say that comments will be
     accepted for only “five business days” from the time the post  
     published, be moderated by his staff strictly during business
     hours, cannot include links to other websites, and are limited to
     300 words.

     “Not allowing links to other websites is just dumb,” one  
     Stilgherrian, told the Herald. “Links are the currency of the  
     They allow you to reference work that’s already out there. If you
     can’t do that, and you’re limited to 300 words, then the  
     won’t ever get past repeating slogans.”

     It was a sentiment shared by “An Onymous Lefty”
     http://anonymouslefty.blogspot.com/ blogger, Jeremy Sear, who
     posted a response to the Prime Minister’s blog titled “Kevin  
     is hip to the kids… of 2004″.

     “The strict moderation will remove the livelier aspects of
     discussion,” Mr Sear said.

I also reckon it sounds like a prepared political speech, with a  
question tacked on the end to make it look bloggy.

     How do you think we can make Australians more aware that we need to
     act on climate change now?

I thought we’d mostly moved well past “creating awareness” and  
the biggest criticism of the government’s climate change policy was  
the lack of actual action so far.

But what do you think?

[Note: The original Fairfax piece doesn't have links: I've added them  
in myself. Fairfax is still too rude or daft or whatever to link out  
to the things they mention. It's nice that they included my quote,  
given that.]


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