Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Eloquently erudite journalist and best-selling author Antony Loewenstein pitches his new book, The Blogging Revolution:

The fidgeting odd-mouth-noise Loewenstein in the video is the real thing:

Not the smouldering dreamboat fantasy Loewenstein:

In researching his new book Loewenstein claims to have visited Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba but there's no telling where he ended up and he wouldn't know – his previous book, My Israel Question, has Lebanon inside northern Israel and he thinks Columbia is more than a university; it's a South American country. [Loewenstein has now edited the numerous "Columbia" posts – although this post still refers to the "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia" – so they now read "Colombia". The posts are still archived under the "Columbia" tag. Hoping to save him self embarrassment, Loewenstein does not indicate that the posts have been edited.]

Loewenstein, probably unqiue amonst best-selling authors in writing a blog nobody reads, is something of an authority on censorship, however, using the features of his Wordpress powered site to exclude dissenting commenters. Thus he has been invited to provide censorship tips to fellow lefties at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Anyway, if you want to read a book that tells you everything you already know about blogging, The Blogging Revolution is for you.

Update: Loewenstein links favourably (in a post titled Screw the black types) to a Medialens story about Western media supposedly ignoring events in Haiti quoting this, allegedly from an anonymous BBC journalist:
"I'm sure once that Hurricane gets to Florida we'll have live coverage of the telephone polls falling over, but sixty dead people in Haiti. Not that interesting."
No journalist wrote that nonsense. Hell, even Loewenstein writes better than that and he's only a wanna be journalist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I was a rich man I'd drop Loewenstein into Afganistan, Iran or some other troubled hot spot - with that silly earring in his ear - and paint him pink. Its a win-win.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous kae said...

He's already pink.

8:27 PM  

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