SUNDAY TRIBUNE -- Ed Power went surfing into the blogosphere, returned with a "Big Read" story and somehow failed to find the active Irish blogosphere during his research. Instead, his three page article in the Sunday Tribune magazine exposes Belle de Jour and Bitch, Ph.D. while giving Irish blogs short shrift as being "less radical" and "monosyllabic musings" of a geek world. Is he pointing the finger at Sean McGrath, the longest-running Irish blogger? Or cryptic Brian Greene? Has he read EirePreneur or Eamonn Fitzgerald's Rainy Day or looked at John Smyth's stunning photography? Power judges that "Irish blogs ... mull over technology's bleeding edges (and) deliver a palpable sense of the future unfurling." That could be a thumbnail description of our technoculture seen through the kaleidoscope of Irish blogging. Speaking for myself, Irish blogs form part of the Long Tail. They recommend things that enable me to venture confidentally down the Tail into what would otherwise be a bewildering array of choices.
John Fay told Power, "I don't think blogging can have a big impact in Ireland, yet, but someday it certainly will." I think there's an strong undercurrent in the Irish blogosphere already and it's a shame that a Sunday magazine item doesn't share that conclusion.
The evidence is in my Irish Bloglines--the saved content from those Irish authors reveals a wealth of knowledge much more substantive than the pass-around chatter cited before in articles about blogging. Here's a short snapshot of a dynamic realm that helps to generate my weekly column for the Irish Examiner as well as keep the reading material in my academic courses relevant:
- Tom Murphy's PR Opinions has 16 items waiting to be incorporated into the Public Relations course I teach in Tipperary Institute.
- Antoin O Lachtnain's economy of words delivers a better signal-to-noise on important elements of our technologically-dependent world than any mailing list, discussion board or formal proceedings in Ireland.
- Diego Doval gives me books to read and code to consider.
- Patrick O'Beirne saves IT managers time and money with his tips on best practise.
- Diego Doval saves me gobs of time and money through his concise and exacting book reviews.
- Micheal O Foghlu often uses his posts as shortcuts to important industry events.
- Gavin Sheridan does the same with expensive magazines.
- Dick O'Brien covers everything important written in the Irish Independent so I can avoid buying that title.
- Richard Delevan does the same for the Evening Herald.
- Dervala Hanley holds sway as the best Irish essayist online.
- Justin Mason beats the drum against software patents.
- Janine Dalton illuminates the working world of Irish web development and her sister thinks penguins rock as does Caoimhe.
- Liam Noonan offers a sneak peek at his PhD research as he slaves away programming network processors.
- Feargal McKay slips in enticing information about Sigla magazine, along with sophisticated analysis you would normally find in The Guardian or the Observer.
- Vicky Lee Wei Kay collapses technology across more than 12 time zones and three languages.
- Bernard Michael Tyers continues yammering about coffee, which I take as a hint that I owe him a cuppa.
Ed Power --- "The blog revolution and how it changed the world" in the Sunday Tribune Magazine, 6 Feb 05.
Bonus Link: Bloglines results for "Ireland"