You couldn’t make this up. And I think it’s very very unfair.
one of enormous significance for the Irish blogging community.
The sheer nuttiness of all of this should not take away from the very sober realization that politics.ie has managed to damage at a fundamental level the Irish blogging world. To say that his actions are irresponsible is to say that sticking your foot in your mouth makes for a gourmet meal.
Put it this way, would YOU argue for self-regulation after this mess?
Dumb and DublinOpinioner.
Myself and Dave Cochrane might disagree on some things, many things but Jesus H Christ and his allstar jazz band, trying to set off the sky is falling alarms because of what happened on one website and subsequent actions of the owner is the most moronic thing I’ve heard this year. Which I had thought was this. The same logic could be used to suggest that a suicide bomber’s actions will be used to regulate and contain anyone that follows Islam. That one website that’s not a fucking blog! can damage all the “Irish Blogging World” suggests to me that Conor in Dublin Opinion has far too high an opinion of blogging and websites.
No blogger or website owner has some kind of duty to every other website owner or blogger or anyone else that types stuff online. Should we hold anyone from one race as accountable for another? Or family or colour or country? But then Conor thinks blogging has a long way to go. I certainly don’t want this long way to go journey to end with me being obliged to blog in a certain way or be self-regulated and kept in check by other bloggers. I owe no duty to other bloggers and if I am stupid and irresponsible then the law can punish me and not some self-appointed online speech police. Don’t like what I say or do? De-link me.
I actually think David Cochrane is owed an apology for those remarks.
Best coverage so far is unsurprisingly on the Cedar Lounge.
Update: Fergal also talks that sense thing.