An unfortunate misapplication of camel case in a National Times article strikes me as an excellent name for this blog – if I were a little more egomaniacal:
More abuse followed from others in the Twitterverse much along the same lines. One of the top tweets of the day was from JeremysEar who said “@JamesMassola is quite right; only journalists may discuss politics. Everyone else needs to have their job threatened.”
I’m not quite sure why that sarcastic remark qualifies as “abuse”, but, well, that’s not a bad title for a discussion site THAT IS ALL ABOUT ME AND THE STUFF WHAT I THINK – “Jeremy’s Ear”.
But I don’t think I could go through all the hassle of changing the URL again.
ELSEWHERE: Christian Kerr gets back at me in The Australian for running over his dog*:
“It’s also worth noting that the `blogosphere’ supposedly outraged is the small incestuous clique of self-identified lefties, with readerships composed mostly of themselves, who were more than happy to out other bloggers a few years ago with whom they disagreed.”
That last bit, for the uninitiated, is a reference to the modern dull and doctrinaire Crikey and its very own Adrian Mole, barrister-blogger Walter Jeremy Sear, and his role assisting The Sunday Age dissect the corpse of the spectacularly snarky site The Spin Start Here that offended sensibilities for years until it reached its logical conclusion and ripped itself apart. Sear was happy to help with an outing then.
The whole thing smacks of naivety and self-righteousness.
Of course, that’s not an accurate description of what happened – I wasn’t sorry to see that someone had outed the TSSH mob, but it wasn’t because I “disagreed” with them. It was because they’d been using that shield to out others. (And bully them fairly outrageously, as it happens.) Of course, Christian’s imputation of hypocrisy in that paragraph is fairly defamatory – “his role assisting”, “happy to help with an outing” indeed. This is the paragraph to which he must be referring:
Responding to the website, Mr Duncan and Ms Hamilton went to court for an interim intervention order against Bill Dennis, a blogger they suspected was responsible. The couple, who live in Eltham, alleged Mr Dennis was “stalking” them through the site.
To barrister Jeremy Sear, once a target for the Hack and Caz, such a complaint smacked of hypocrisy:
“They were particularly vile in the way they treated anybody who disagreed with them or they took a dislike to,” he says. “It’s almost funny that they’ve reacted so badly being ‘outed’, as this was something they regularly took part in with others.”
Mr Dennis was due to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate’s Court next Tuesday to hear Mr Duncan give evidence against him. But it now appears that the pair have dropped their case.
“I think it’s probably a smart legal decision,” Mr Sear said. “To have the interim order made permanent they would have needed to give evidence and allowed themselves to be cross-examined. They would have been quizzed about their own blogging activities and therefore have to admit to being the Hack and Caz — or perjure themselves by denying it.”
Doesn’t really match Christian’s description, does it?
PS What the hell’s with the “Adrian Mole” crack? I don’t get it.
*I assume I must have unknowingly done something like that to motivate this particular effort.