March 22, 2004


Now that Iím running advertisements for Time Warner, this site is clearly due for a rate increase. Book your ads before Wednesday to avoid rampant capitalist exploitation. Thereís a big audience here, according to an Australian Financial Review piece noticed by fellow blogger John Quiggin:

Blair and Quiggin represent two strands of commentary blogging. Blair is tabloid and provocative, something more akin to a blogging shock jock, while Quiggin, though not dull, tends to stick more strictly to his academic and policy orientations.

Blair's audience is much larger than Quiggin's. Audiences online, like those for traditional media, are attracted in greater numbers to provocative, even outlandish, viewpoints.

If that were true, why arenít the likes of outlandish plastic turkey theorists Phillip Adams and Alan Ramsey more popular? Those two broadsheet shock jocks have been alienating readers for years. Speaking of ads: please, if you havenít already, click on the Spirit of America ad at left. Good causes donít come much gooder.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 22, 2004 02:14 AM

I don't check in with you several times a day because you're outlandish, Tim. I do it because you can write circles around every one of your would-be peers.

Posted by: Melissa at March 22, 2004 at 02:31 AM


Posted by: aaron at March 22, 2004 at 02:38 AM

I get such a kick out of how the media attempts to discredit bloggers.

All this instant feedback, Fisking and access to media from all over the world its leaving journalist shaking in their boots.

Thought control is over, social engineering is going the way of the dinosaur. Socialism is all but through. Even Islam is finally being exposed despite all efforts to obscure the truth.

This is only the beginning.

Rock on, Tim Blair!

Posted by: agentazureUSA at March 22, 2004 at 02:53 AM

"Outlandish"? What the hell kind of standard are they using, Indymedia's? I'd characterize him as slightly right of center... but then again I'm using the civilian standard whereas they're apparently using the Australian state-sponsored media standard.

Posted by: LabRat at March 22, 2004 at 06:11 AM

Apart from his lefty leanings, Quiggin is
a bit BORING hence a less regular need to

Posted by: fred at March 22, 2004 at 07:51 AM

Tim Blair....provocative shock jock!

And here you always seemed like such a nice guy to me.

Posted by: Wallace at March 22, 2004 at 09:03 AM

Tim Blair, the outlandish shock jock from down under who spews forth provocative ideas like... "Terrorists suck".

Stop judging those terrorists if you want to be an accepted journalist!

Posted by: Sortelli at March 22, 2004 at 10:02 AM

I think it started when journalists had to have university degrees to get into the business, and when they stopped calling themselves reporters.

I note the telling reference to Quiggin's tendency "to stick more strictly to his academic and policy orientations." Is that snobbish or what? I've never read his blog, but I'm not inclined to after that recommendation.

Posted by: AST at March 22, 2004 at 10:29 AM

I don't often comment on blogs, but this topic is of interest to me.

I think it's fair to say that were it not for Blair, I would never have heard of Quiggin. JQ therefore owes TB, to some extent, for his audience.

Sure - Quiggin probably offers deeper insights, but Blair's blog is always good for a laugh, and to pick up on links to more thoughtful stuff.

That's not meant to be patronising - it's just that there is a place for both styles. The mistake is to assess them against each other as if they were comparable. It's like comparing The Sun to The Times, which would be a bit of a pointless exercise really.

In the final analysis, one suspects that TB's and JQ's respective aims for their blogs are entirely different. It would be interesting if each of them could set out the objectives of their blogs, and thus allow us to examine where the key differences lie.

Posted by: Pom at March 22, 2004 at 12:38 PM

One major error in that piece. Quiggin is dull. As dish water.

Posted by: slatts at March 22, 2004 at 02:25 PM

By being a semi-frequent commentor at Tim Blair Inc., do I receive a discount on Time-Warner products? Never hurts to ask.

Posted by: Wallace at March 22, 2004 at 02:51 PM


Lets not confuse volume with "deeper insights".

Posted by: Gary at March 22, 2004 at 04:06 PM

Concerning, Spirit of America, is there an Australian Public Benevolent Fund we can donate through so the donations are tax deductible?

Is anyone interested in setting one up?

Posted by: wv at March 22, 2004 at 06:38 PM

Tim Blairís Website has long been good, with many a fine moment, but his relentless pursuit of the wild plastic turkey rumor has made it one of the Great Websites. Tim did just the things that you always wish somebody would do but they never do but Tim did & he brought it off with humor. Thanks to Timís inspiration, I myself have mustered more responses to the insipid rumor than I would ever have thought possible & once I even impressed Andrea Harris.

Posted by: ForNow at March 22, 2004 at 07:09 PM