Q: How many bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb? A: None. Bloggers don't change light...

posted 27 August 2003
Q: How many bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None. Bloggers don't change light bulbs, but they will link you to a discussion about how many bloggers it takes to change a light bulb.

(And I stole this joke from that discussion! Reflexivity ahoy!)

In other news (via Plasticbag), as if you needed another reason not to vote for them, the "culture spokesman" of the Convervative Party says that if the Tories were elected they would shut down the BBC websites. For those of us who know and love the huge volume of high-quality material the Beeb puts onto the web, this would be a disaster, especially in the wake of the news that the BBC intends to put online the entire archive of BBC television programming (every episode of Dr. Who!). Honestly though, what was Mr. Whittingdale thinking? What better indicator of how out of touch the party is do you need than threatening to shut down one of the best and most visible products of public spending to come along in years?

His rationale is that it is not the BBC's job to compete with commercial organizations, but only to provide "what ... the market will not provide". But what he fails to notice is that in recent years news has changed considerably, with Fox and CNN providing commercial and highly biased versions of world events. What the BBC provides is impartial news, something the market is definitely not providing, and nothing illustrates that impartiality better than the Dr. Kelly case, which brough the BBC into direct conflict with the government which is effectively its sponsor. The BBC website is not only a major boon to those living in Britain, but to the rest of the world it is a shining example of the value of the BBC. It would not be a shame to lose it; it would be a crime.

Good thing they're completely unelectable anyway.

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