History repeats. Already. All hail the PMS blog!
George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Less than a year ago, the public was inflicted with the poorly-implemented DBCDEQWLEKNQWLEIRGNQ blog by everyone’s favourite senator, Stephen Conroy, which presented us with snippets of a whitepaper cunningly disguised as “blog posts” by tacking a lame-arse question on the end. Now KRudd has come out with his very own blog, which, by the eternal laws of the internet shall be known as “The PMS Blog” due to its somewhat unfortunate URL.* (It is at least easier to remember than the DBCDEQUASNDFGALJWENR blog. First thing they should have done there was purchase a fucking domain name.)
Yet it has exactly the same failings. It has 9–5 weekday moderation of all comments, no links, no webpage link for the commenter, and very little (read: no) interaction on the part of the blogger. So far. It only has one post to date, and you only get 5 days to comment on each post. The fr0sty p!ss suffers from the same “press-release” quality that marred Conroy’s attempt to join the 21st century.
KRudd’s peeps have shown once again that he is, in the words of An Onymous Lefty, “hip to the kids… of 2004”.
Just like everything internet-related done so far by this government, it’s about 5 years behind the times.**
We can hope that, in time, the blog may improve, but I, for one, will not be holding my breath.
(Hat tip: Stilgherrian).
* As pointed out to me by a co-worker, that would at least explain the hairdryer incident.
** A filter based on a 2003 report by a Catholic apologist (with no credible evidence to support it then, and even less now), a national broadband network that I have extreme reservations about being implemented in a useful manner, since it’s targetting today’s internet standards, rather than aiming for the standards that the rest of the world will have by the time they get the damned thing finished, and now a (second) blog that spews information like a press-release.