Thursday, July 21, 2011

I want to comment and 'like' on Facebook but...

'BBC Radio 3,will, I suppose, make this abysmal state of things into a sort of national standard. The worst journalists and bloggers it co-opts by dipping into its very weighty bag of goodies because they fit in well with Radio 3's own standards, and so also they try to co-opt the best, often with success, because they live in mortal fear that they may one day train their critical faculties full bore on Radio 3 itself. And so I wasn't surprised to find Dr. Service occasionally is on there, nor to learn that Mr. Lebrecht will be. There are only two music blogs in Britain, as I review in my mind those I'm pretty well-acquainted with, that I know are untarnished by all this, and only one I can think of that is willing to go head to head with the Beeb, and that is the most admirable one I'm commenting on at this very moment.'
That is part of a comment added by Philip Amos to yesterday's post. Many other personal emails have been received from readers who agree with the thrust of my recent articles, but for professional reasons feel unable to publicly state their views. Here is an example which is quoted anonymously with the permission of the sender:
'Your post on the Gothic...just so RIGHT! I dare say you've had a lot of readership and feedback - hope so. I would like to 'like' and comment on Facebook but you'll have to take it as read!'
Ratings mean very little to me. But independent measures suggest my views are finding an audience, even if it cannot publicly agree with me. So, once again, whose hand is on the balance control?

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4 comments:

Philip Amos said...

Pliable, I've just edited my blogger to display my full name. Displaying only my first name was the result of some sort of confusion when I first signed up with Blogger. Neither the BBC nor any other of these scallawags hold any fears for me. Now retired from academe, I didn't work professionally in the field we're discussing or any related, and, in any case, I've dealt with worse in my time, not without some success. (-:

Pliable said...

Philip, thanks for that. I've modified the post to include your full name.

Pliable said...

This comment from Carl is worth copying over from my post 'Classical music beyond Twitter' -

'I listened to the second half on a a freeview television set. It was interesting to note that the BBC's screen text gave the name of the piece and the composer and a plug for the proms website but did not mention any of the performers - not even Martyn Brabbins whose control of the vast forces was simply astonishing.

However the blurb did single out one important name for special mention. On a page all by itself it said "presented by Tom Service". What a strange sense of priorities!

http://www.overgrownpath.com/2011/07/classical-music-beyond-twitter.html

Pliable said...

Re. the comment above. Take a look at the BBC Radio 3 Proms programme listing in this example - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012lmg9

Presenter Petroc Trelawny is billed above the musicians and the repertoire in yet another example of the rapidly growing cult of the presenter.