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February 24, 2005

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Blimpish

These class tests of yours are very accurate - I score working class again, both times, and especially on the scarf.

My guess is that the blogosphere is perhaps least-worst on this score, but still has its problems. Part of this is the stake you have in things: once you get to be part of the story (Instapundit, Kos, Atrios, Sullivan), you inevitably accumulate a stake in certain interpretations of the truth. The advantage is that there are low barriers to entry, so where the 'interpret' a little too much they'll be pulled up on it.

Tim Worstallt

One way to cure the middle classes of the Brideshead Revisited style of scarf wearing is to send them to a properly cold country for a couple of years. Moscow certainly cured me of that affectation.

dearieme

"My preference for truth (or honesty) over utility is ... good indicator of the difference between the working and the middle-classes...". Inaccurate and sentimental, I should say, and quite contrary to the experience of my family members. But it's your blog, so you may congratulate yourself as much as you like.

Jon Barnard

I'd like to think of bloggers as selfless champions of the truth, but can't really bring myself to. Perhaps some are. But for your championing to have an effect you also have to be read. If you want to be widely read, you're going to have to worry about questions of utility - you're going to have to cultivate attention and play to the gallery; to balance strict honesty with interesting people and pleasing them. Most of the big blogs are pretty partisan, and I don't think that's a coincidence.

Monjo

Leave my scarf out of this! Next you'lll be accusing southern men of waxing their chests...
As to whether I do, do you want truth or utility?

Phil Hunt

Tim on over-shoulder scarf-wearing: Moscow certainly cured me of that affectation.

Even Edinburgh should work for that.

Jon: I'd like to think of bloggers as selfless champions of the truth, but can't really bring myself to. Perhaps some are. But for your championing to have an effect you also have to be read.

True, but bloggers have less reason to be dishonest than some others (politicians, journalists)

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