TRIBUNE -- In the Sunday Tribune, Joe Bloggs asks, "Who is the Blogsphere?"
Forget about that, that's a foreign word. Given the week that's in it, there's no suggestion of a Rule 42 for Irish blogs, but some name changes have been mooted in discussions about the two competing collectors of posts from Irishblogs, Irishblogs.ie and www.PlanetOfTheBlogs.com.
"Bloglaigh na hEireann" as an alternative was proposed by sicNotes which quickly got him in hot water when he included among their ranks ultra-unionist bloggers A Tangled Web, prompting a debate proving that arguments about Irish and British identity get amplified, not diminished, on the Web.
The rest of the Tribune article follows below.
Pilgrim Blogger. Eamonn Fitzgerald travelled to Rome after the death of John Paul II, and blogged his 15 hour wait in the 5km queue to view the body of Karol Wojtyla in state.
After, he wrote a message and left it among countless others: "Mere words. More words. But thats' all one can manage at such moments in such places. And anyway, in the beginning was the word."
He also corrected The Guardian, which declared Nigeria's Francis Cardinal Arinze's candidate for "first black pope", when in fact the first black pope was St Victor (189 to 199). He quotes columnist Mark Steyn to explain the mistake--"That's not what The Guardian had in mind, of course: it meant 'the first black pope since the death of Elvis'--or however far back our societal memory now goes."
Britain's first blogged election. The Guardian may be behind on papal history but it is way ahead in terms of blogging. Its election blog is packed full of features that will please the geeks--like the "Folksonomic Zeitgeist" (go look)--but practices that will turn ad executives' heads. Like linking not just to articles (with ads attached) on the Guardian website, but the sites of all its competitors, giving a more comprehensive view of election coverage than in the paper itself--a token of how blogs can amplify a single news organisation's coverage of a big event without just nicking someone else's copy.
The BBC has its own election blog--though with a clunky address--and there are several others worth checking out, notably the UK Polling Report. For the best coverage of the Northern Ireland section of the election, Slugger O'Toole is as comprehensive locally as The Guradian is for Britain.
But will Ireland's newsies catch on, or is blogging a foreign game?
Extracted from "Blogosphere" in the Sunday Tribune, April 17, 2005.
Damien Mulley -- "PlanetOfTheBlogs kicking IrishBlog's ass"
Donncha O Caoimh -- "Irish blogs in the boggersphere"
Eamonn Fitzgerald --"A pilgrim's (sometimes grim) progress"
Mick Fealty -- Slugger O'Toole