Thursday, February 22, 2007
Gordon Brown offered me a knighthood - well, 'Gordon Brown' did - and Brit said they wrecked the aesthetics of my site. Susan wondered, '...can blogs still be subversive once they become part of the establishment -- selling ad space, etc.?' Not having enough cash for a peerage and being prone to fits of fatuous giggling, I've always found it very difficult to sell out. I do try. I've crawled to media bosses, fawned over politicians and grovelled to royalty. It doesn't work. It's their fault, they don't see my inner beauty, perhaps the ironic sneer and the eyes glazed with boredom suggest to them that I don't mean it. But I do. I want these people to do their work so I can do mine. I want it all to work and, if they need a bit of flattery to keep going, fine. Anyway, this is just to say I don't have any problem with ads, partly because, as far as this site is concerned, I'm a novelty junkie and partly because they can't possibly have any effect on what I write. My only stipulation to the ad guys was 'no porn' . I would have said 'no seal-clubbing bargain breaks in Greenland', but those don't often come up.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:05 am