Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Look on the bright side

Via Iain Dale, I see that Quaequam Blog! has found an upside to the idea that the Press Complaints Commission should regulate blogs.
But wait: a thought occurs. If bloggers are to be brought under the PCC, surely we should have seats on the PCC board? And, given the fact that our combined readership is somewhat larger than the newspapers’, shouldn’t we actually have a majority of seats on that board? It seems to me that having a majority of bloggers sitting on the PCC board would almost certainly result in a better system of self-regulation than we have at present.

Now that would be fun: apart from anything else, I'd love to see Justin, Unity and Tim Ireland ruling on complaints against The Sun, for instance.

And, even more joyfully, we could see a situation in which the peripatetic Greek, Timmy and myself are called on to rule against on whether Polly Toynbee, George Monbiot or Jackie Ashley, for instance, have broken the rules by lying like bastards.

You know, this idea is beginning to appeal...


CherryPie said...

Hmm! I hadn't thought of it like that ;-)

Anonymous said...

There is too much to complain about. Here's a striking example....http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8365066.stm

Sorry it's unrelated but I felt I had to.

Gendeau said...

It's a strange world you speak of, newspapers having to stick to the objective truth!

But, I'm game, let's give this parallel universe a whirl.

Sorry Polly, I can't see things working out for you...bye

Chalcedon said...

Now that would be fun. But hark! That shuffling of feet as the establishment closes ranks

Frank Davis said...

You mean that bloggers might become stakeholders in their own regulation process? Can't have that. Too much effort required. And it totally defeats the point of it all, which is to screw everyone around as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

I think it is an attempt to muzzle the blogs.
They fear the truth.
The blogs are not controlled by Oligarcs, Moguls, Citizen Caines.
Unlike the rags.
et al.

Wossat? said...

Hilarious idea. You got my vote DK!