I’ll be doing another round with Geraldine on her Saturday Morning Radio National do this week on blogging – I expect with one or two other people. The Executive Producer has suggested we talk about the way in which blogging can take you into a discussion between people who really know their stuff or perhaps people who are ‘there’ on the spot. (I guess the most obvious example of the latter is Salam Pax during the siege of Baghdad.)
Anyway apart from my favourite econobloggers like Brad Delong, Greg Mankiw, Dani Rodrik and Mark Thoma’s marvellous compendium of an econoblog I’ll outline some other highlights that came to mind when I thought about it a little – though the examples are not very considered.
I was reading a blog on Susan Johnstons latest novel which is a fictionalisation of Charmian Clifts story and who should pop up on the thread but Susan Johnston. (Ive gone hunting for this with no luck Ive found what I recall is the review, but it doesnt currently seem to have comments attached (even in archived form!). Still I recall it happening even if I cant prove it!
Likewise I wrote a bit of an appreciation of Gillian Bouross latest piece of writing a book about her sister and lo and behold there she was courtesy of Google Alerts thanking me for the review. (most reviewers had not been particularly kind which I thought was silly). I think this has happened more often than this – perhaps quite recently but I can’t bring it to mind.
We were recently approached by a journalist trying to track down some comments made by someone on the spot, or who knew someone on the spot regarding the Shapelle Corby case who’d commented on Troppo.
Then there was David Coles’ marvellous guest post with a great discussion following it on John Howard’s Aboriginal sexual abuse
And several times I’ve started threads on tax and social welfare issues only to have a whole host of people turn up who know far more than me about it and proceed to have a fantastically well informed discussion leading to Backroom Girl making occasional very well informed posts here.
But that’s a quick list. I’m hoping that you might be able to record some of your own highlights in the blogosphere, particularly regarding
- the exchange of high quality debate, discussion from people who really know, either because they’re somewhere near the top of their profession or are particularly provocative (in a good way) and/or insightful; or
- someone who was being talked about, or whose work was being talked about turned up on the blog to have a chat. Perhaps scenes like the one below were more prophetic than we realised.