Saturday, September 27, 2003

In JG Ballard's Millennium People (which I'm about 2/3 of the way through) The Daily Telegraph becomes the cutting-edge mouthpiece for the book's dissaffected middle-class insurrectionists. Sadly, in real life, the paper has its sights set a lot lower, and is probably only likely to find out about a revolution if someone like Meg points it out to them.

This is the inescapable conclusion from this snide column by The Minx which appears to have been thrown together with a bit of cut 'n' paste from Times journalist Olav Bjortomt's It Makes No Difference blog with a side-order of bland viciousness stirred in for good measure. Perhaps it was a tight deadline as self-styled press vermin The Minx seems to have forgotten the vital ingredients of humour and relevance to the piece. Maybe I'm being generous though, could she(?) just be as lazy and jealous as she(?) sounds?

The net result of this cheap snidery? Olav gets a dressing down from his boss, his site has to be pulled and the community loses a darned good read. Still, I'm sure dirty Ol B has a fine future ahead of him, while if justice to pointless and lazy journalism is served, The Minx will be collecting her(?) professional coat quicker than you can say 'dirty lowdown snitch'...


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