Thursday, 14 May 2009
Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.
Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk
A while back we published a piece by Stephen Howe which was rather savage about two books written by bloggers, and suggested that the writing on the internet is too often shallow and vitriolic and that bloggers shouldn't be allowed to write books (to paraphrase rather crudely). Blogger Owen Hatherley, who has a new book out, responds in the current issue, counter-blasting that Howe's "lofty" view is out of date, and even suggesting Howe suffers from blogophobia.
Now, in a deeply humanist twist, Howe blasts back by arguing that ... he pretty much agrees with Hatherley – new media has tons of democratic potential, but it still needs to live up to that. Thus New Humanist solves another intractable global crisis. Well done us!