Friday, February 09, 2007
My life having become meaningless with the death of Anna Nicole, I have nihilistically decided to offer my services to Gordon Brown. American bloggers are being recruited to political campaigns and it should happen here. There is a problem, however, as the Time article makes clear. In joining the John Edwards campaign, Amanda Marcotte, creator of the Pandagon blog, seems to have lost some of her blogtastic authenticity. She is now obliged to self-censor. The freewheeling blog mode does not easily translate into real politics and, as a result, the voters the blogger is supposed to bring on board simply fade away, disgusted with the sell-out. The solution - since you ask, Gordon - is to pay bloggers to carry on doing what they do. So, for example, if you were to pay me, people would say to themselves, 'Oh look, Gordon Brown pays Bryan Appleyard to blog in spite of the fact that Bryan thinks he is a sinister and malevolent individual who would make a catastrophic Prime Minister. We should vote for Gordon, he's clearly caught the blog spirit.' The cheque, I assume, is in the post.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:49 am