I got interviewed about blogging again today, this time for Internet.au and it was a good time to talk about blogging. This has been one of the best weeks I’ve seen in Ozplogistan. Bloggers have provided blanket coverage of the debates and political chicanery over the proposed Free Trade Agreement with the US. In quality, breadth and depth, it’s been far superior to the coverage in the “quality press”, not to mention the soundbites provided by TV. Most of the debate has taken place on leftish blogs, and has been generated by posts ranging from mildly sceptical to overtly hostile to the FTA. But commenters have provided plenty of arguments in support of the FTA, and have done a much better job than the media opinion elite, most of which has backed the FTA for the weakest of reasons.
I’ll no doubt miss some people out, but I’ll still note some important contributions. Tim Dunlop provides a very balanced overview of the issues; a good starting point for those new to the debate. Chris Sheil has kept up a running commentary, focusing mainly on the political twists and turns. Brian Bahnisch had his say in the SMH Webdiary; an impressive critique. Kim Weatherall gave excellent coverage of the IP issues, including ‘evergreening’Gary Sauer-Thompson offered an illustrated version Geoff Honnor David Tiley and Rank and Vilewere also good.
Update In the comments thread, Stephen Kirchner points to pro-FTA comments from Peter Gallagher and analysis of public opinion from Andrew Norton at Catallaxy. Also at Catallaxy, Jason Soon weighs in on ‘evergreening’
As I say, I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention some bloggers and missed others altogether. But if you compare this feast of comment and analysis with the thin and identikit offerings of the mainstream media you’ll see why I think blogging is going to be big news in the future.