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  • Blogging hype and human guinea pigs!


    by Sunny
    20th March, 2006 at 1:17 pm    

    Two of my articles were published on Guardian’s comment is free this morning. The first is on whether blogging is in danger of being over-hyped. I’ve referenced recent posts on British blogs on the same subject.

    The second is around a more sensitive topic. As Rohin talks about below and I have mentioned before - human testing and animal testing is in the news thanks to Pro-Test, the Parexel incident last week and globalisation.

    So what happens now to human guinea pigs? Please go there and post your comments!


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    1. Robert Sharp

      My Rights, Your Responsibility

      “My Right to Force You to Be Interested in Politics,” In which I commend blogging, and demand an ASBO for on fifth of the adult population.




    1. Chris — on 20th March, 2006 at 1:20 pm  

      Judging by the number of comments on most of the other posts (far, far fewer than on a typical PP post) you’re better off staying here…!

    2. Sunny — on 20th March, 2006 at 1:36 pm  

      haha! Well I have enough to say so I can spread my writings between both the blogs, and hopefully get responses on both. I think the other reason people are not replying on there is because the writers themselves don’t engage - a convention I don’t follow.

    3. Philip Sen — on 20th March, 2006 at 3:42 pm  

      You should write a follow-up next week, after the comments on your piece in CiF evolve and once the destination of the site as a whole has become clearer.

    4. Amit — on 20th March, 2006 at 3:50 pm  

      Those poor blokes….my bro used to work for Parexel and he was the one who used to be the middle man in supplying the trial drugs to Northwick Park Hosp. Luckily he left a few months back.

      About the blogging hype though, only time will tell but I’d say blogging is here to stay for the long haul!

    5. leon — on 20th March, 2006 at 4:21 pm  

      “I think the other reason people are not replying on there is because the writers themselves don’t engage - a convention I don’t follow.”

      I think it’s also the format sucks and allows posts to slip off the front page too quickly….

    6. Sunny — on 20th March, 2006 at 4:59 pm  

      Philip - yeah I intend to. The pace at that place is frightening! It’s ok for a link farm like Andrew Sullivan or Instapundit to have 20 links a day because the page holds about 50 entries.
      But CiF only shows about the 10 latest blog posts on the front page, so anyone posted in the morning gets lost by the afternoon… as Leon points out.

      And lol at that post Leon - you crack me up mate. I’ve become a blogging FREAK! :(

    7. Kulvinder — on 20th March, 2006 at 5:29 pm  

      Can you imagine how good that would look on a CV?

      *Human Guinea pig, i tested menopause-relief medication. My nipples were a little sore.

    8. Amit — on 20th March, 2006 at 5:39 pm  

      “Can you imagine how good that would look on a CV?” - for a second I thought you were talking to sunny about all his “blogging” experience!

    9. Chris — on 21st March, 2006 at 9:44 am  

      Commentisfree also seems very inconsistent about comments.

      No comments allowed (it appears) on Polly Toynbee or George Moonbat for example today.

      This is not a site destined to succeed as a BLOG, even if it may serve as a Guardian comment archive…whoever might want such a thing!!

    10. leon — on 21st March, 2006 at 3:53 pm  

      Agreed Chris, it seems the Guardian like the idea, see opportunity in the rise of participatory media (ie blogging, podcasting etc) but are slightly timid (scared even) of embracing it fully.

      They should allow the CiF site to work as a full blown group blog if they want to test how well it can work for them.

      @ Sunny, yeah couldn’t help it plus I note (with some annoyance) that when UK bloggers are mentioned PP is sorely lacking despite it being one of the best and pretty much the only big one run by BME peeps. Big ups needed at every turn until full representation is achieved.

      Also agree with the point you made in the comments over at CiF about allowing people to have their websites/blogs under their name, very cool the way you encouraged peeps to add it in the body of their posts!;)

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