Monday, 16 November 2009

Dear Barrenness Buscombe

Can I be the first to say that you are more than welcome to help yourself to a very large portion of STFU with a side order of FOAD:

Ian Burrell, who edits The Independent's Media Pages, has a very disturbing blogpost about the ambition of the Press Complaints Commission to regulate blogs. The new chairman of the PCC, Baroness Buscombe, seems to have gone native already and wants her empire to grow ever larger.

She wants to examine the possibility that the PCC's role should be extended to cover the blogosphere, which is becoming an increasing source of breaking news and boasts some of the media's highest-profile commentators, such as the political bloggers Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. Do readers of such sites, and people mentioned on them, deserve the same rights of redress that the PCC offers in respect of newspapers and their sites?

"Some of the bloggers are now creating their own ecosystems which are quite sophisticated," Baroness Buscombe told me. "Is the reader of those blogs assuming that it's news, and is [the blogosphere] the new newspapers? It's a very interesting area and quite challenging."

She said that after a review of the governance structures of the PCC, she would want the organisation to "consider" whether it should seek to extend its remit to the blogosphere, a process that would involve discussion with the press industry, the public and bloggers (who would presumably have to volunteer to come beneath the PCC's umbrella).


Oh, and for dessert? You can fucking suck my balls, bitch.

10 comments:

aljahom said...

She's a Tory peer. Another taste of things to come.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peta_Buscombe,_Baroness_Buscombe

Michael Fowke said...

She can do one.

Most of our blogs are hosted in America, anyway.

Simon Cooke said...

"Some of the bloggers are now creating their own ecosystems which are quite sophisticated,"

...an interesting concept, no? I wonder what might evolve.

...and how exactly is the PCC going to do this?

...oh wtf why do I bother...

microdave said...

"Is the reader of those blogs assuming that it's news?"

Do BBC viewers assume that what they watch is news?

Old Holborn said...

who would presumably have to volunteer to come beneath the PCC's umbrella

Form an orderly queue now

Mitch said...

"It's a very interesting area and quite challenging.""

oh fuck we are so doomed.

Joe Public said...

Is she "Whiter-than-white" as far as her expenses are concerned?

MrAngryman said...

methinks she can bollox. And how is this supposed to work exactly? volunteering for governance by the PCC would be like turkeys volunteering to 'help out' with christmas dinner! just another statist cunt on the make

Anonymous said...

This is normal behaviour for the ruling class - expansion of empire: "wider yet and wider, shall our empire grow".

For the less erudite, could you, oh Clown, please supply footnotes with expansions of your acronyms. I am stuck on STFU, but managed FuckOffAndDie. If that be wrong I await your re-education programme.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

"ShutTheFuckUp" ;o)