Saturday, October 27, 2012

This Blog Is Almost Famous Twice Removed

Rise of the Fifth Estate by Greg Jericho.


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The Joint is currently basking in reflected and totally unearned fame and fortune as best as it can.

Two blog pals of the Gorilla (who has corporate responsibility for inter-blog relations)  have been written up in hard copy for the ages in this recently published and generally acclaimed account of the history of Australian political bloggery (or something).

THE RISE OF THE FIFTH ESTATE: SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOGGING IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
By Greg Jericho
Scribe, $29.95



Go out and buy it immediately.

Then tell me about it.

I can say that on page 51 of Grog's (who seems a nice bloke) best book ever on Australian bloggery is this jewel:

Of the eight women’s blogs that are on the right-wing side of politics, one is Miranda Devine’s on The Daily Telegraph’s website; two are focused primarily on climate change (one by Jo nova, author of The Skeptics Handbook, and the other by Queensland academic Jennifer Marohasy); one is run by Julie Novak, a research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs; one is Drag0nista’s Blog written by Paula Matthewson, current executive officer at the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries; one is a group blog, Skepticlawyer, written by four women, including Helen Dale and Katy Barnett, who focus on legal issues. This leaves the authors of Avatar Briefs and kae’s bloodnut blog as the only two right-wing women bloggers who hold no academic or lobbyist positions.




Way to go gals!  (oops sorry)

Don't you just love labels?
"right-wing women" I mean
What else do Kae and Caz have in common?

They are both on the blogroll of Geoffff's Joint Bar and Grill and have been since day one. The Joint is the only blog to have both on the palroll. They have both visited here and I'm a regular at Avatar Briefs. (BTW only someone who does not know Caz would call her right-wing or anything else. Still ...) 

That's good enough for me. 



A hat tip to Catallaxy Files also on the blogroll where reader Steve R spotted the reference. 

Caz and Kae at Open Forum a few days ago 




  1. kae 23 Oct 12 at 4:37 pm:
    I didn’t realise that my ‘umble blog was mentioned in a book about blogs etc.
    Hi Kae, I still have the book (can return it to the library later today), so you don’t have to hunt it down. :) Here’s the reference, from page 51:
    Of the eight women’s blogs that are on the right-wing side of politics, one is Miranda Devine’s on The Daily Telegraph’s website; two are focused primarily on climate change (one by Jo nova, author of The Skeptics Handbook, and the other by Queensland academic Jennifer Marohasy); one is run by Julie Novak, a research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs; one is Drag0nista’s Blog written by Paula Matthewson, current executive officer at the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries; one is a group blog, Skepticlawyer, written by four women, including Helen Dale and Katy Barnett, who focus on legal issues. This leaves the authors of Avatar Briefs and kae’s bloodnut blog as the only two right-wing women bloggers who hold no academic or lobbyist positions.
    So there you go. You’re in somewhat rarefied air, Kae. :)

    Steve D
    24 Oct 12 at 8:09 am
  2. Thanks, Steve D
    Avatar Briefs’ Caz is a blogfriend of mine, too.
    But surely there are others?

    kae
    24 Oct 12 at 8:44 am
  3. Steve D – how surprising, and I would never have known without you noticing, and posting here, and without Kae kindly sharing the information.
    I do wonder how narrow the author’s definition of “political” though, and ‘right wing” – independent, yes, but not partisan, or not too much, I’d like to believe. (Or maybe that’s like the ABC liking to believe they’re “balanced”?)
    Pity he didn’t get in touch with Kae or me, I’m sure we both would have had many thoughts to share about the alleged gender imbalance of politically skewed blogs, and unaffiliated little blogs, like ours.
    Ah well. Almost famous, but not quite.
    Still, thanks for sharing.

    24 Oct 12 at 2:47 pm

4 comments:

  1. Yeah, yeah, take advantage of the red-headed third cousin twice removed who almost skimmed close to fame, see where that gets you, buddy!

    (Thanks all the same. :-D)

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  2. Psst
    Cheaper at Amazon e-books....

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  3. Here are the first 33 pages for free

    http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-rise-of-the-fifth-estate/#

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