In the papers

I could be forgiven for thinking that Facebook had spilled over into the Guardian these last couple of days. I was quite impressed with Lucy Coats’s rant about Martin Amis (with whom I’m not even remotely impressed) ending up in the Guardian, courtesy of Benedicte Page. Even more impressed to find that Lucy’s fame travelled on to all sorts of other grand, and possibly not so grand, publications. So what I’m really doing is joining in. Belatedly.

Lucy Coats

The ‘Facebook spillage’ comes from finding other Fb friends quoted, and I welcome their arrival in the world of ‘real’ news. There should be more stuff like this. Yes, they should ideally ask permission first, but at least we now have real people making sensible comments.

So, on the basis that you all know I read things backwards, I obviously read Friday’s paper after Saturday’s. (I have also saved up three weeks’ worth of Weekend to read, yes to read, some time. Not sure when.)

Friday’s Benedicte Page (such a suitable name don’t you think?) piece was about this giving away of one million books which, to be honest, I haven’t given as much thought as perhaps I ought to have. Yet again it featured ‘my’ Fb friends. I got so paranoid that I had to go and check whether this Benedicte and I share these friends. We don’t. We share some others, though.

I get the impression that someone is combing through people’s blogs to find newsworthy material. Feel free to come here for some first class blog-filler.

Though, setting the ‘borrowing’ aside, I’m glad that it’s not only journalists having a say. They only know so much, and maybe they are beginning to see the light.

7 responses to “In the papers

  1. Sign of the times and the new power of social media (or the new desperation of old media?)!

  2. Journalists have always used other media for source material. In this case I think that Benedicte Page quoted widely from the (many) comments left on Lucy’s ABBA post. It’s good to see specialist blogs picked up in the mainstream media, although it’s a shame there wasn’t a mention of the source, and the story printed in the Guardian (not written by Benedicte) took quite a snarky tone.

  3. Are you sure, Keren? What I saw had her name on it. But there should have been a mention of the blog, I agree. That way maybe people would start reading good blogs.

  4. The original post on the Guardian website was written by Benedicte Page. An article rewritten by Stephen Bates appeared in Saturday’s Guadian (just fished it out of the pile waiting to line the guinea pigs’ hutch). Bates calls the response ‘predictable’ (well, so why bother to report it?) and says ‘among children’s writers – once they had time to take in the enormity of his asperations – that irritation has been greatest.’ (Err, not quite as slow as the Guardian newsdesk). He also says that Lucy responded on ‘her website’, – no, a group blog – and misspells Katherine Langrish’s book title. I don’t think he actually spoke to anyone, just recycled their comments.

  5. I see. Not having guinea pigs helps. I think I saw her name all over the place so didn’t remember that a ‘real man’ had been involved as well. Looks like he borrowed more than anyone.

  6. I did think the printed article was different (and less accurate) than the online version, but that’s the Grauniad, I suppose! Thanks for noticing the misspelled title, Keren.

  7. I believe Troy Fell is about to be re-issued? Good with some free advertising.

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