This is just an administrative post, so if you think that administrative issues aren't as important as swine flu then feel free to proceed directly to http://nzherald.co.nz. A couple of criticisms have been made recently in comments that I thought I should address in the hope that I could get "Your Views" on the topics.
1) There has been some criticism that I have been putting too much emphasis on taking the (deserved) piss out of semi-literate racists on "Your Views". Certainly, when I started this blog my intention was to put forward a serious but devastatingly hilarious critique of journalistic and editorial standards at New Zealand's largest daily newspaper. I think that, say, my deconstruction of today's editorial met that standard. Nonetheless, it is hard to stay away from the car wreck that is YV, especially when my piece on the Eskimo lolly controversy quickly became the most popular thing I have ever written. I suppose that different people want different things, so a mix of the two, erm, approaches might be the best way forward. However, if the occasional focus on YV threatens the gravity of the more intellectual content on EtH then that might be a problem.
2) The complaint was made in the comments today, albeit more in reply to Gareth's comment than my piece, that (some of) my criticisms are pretty naive. That is, criticising a private media organisation for trying to sell papers (via, say, sensationalised coverage of issues) is like criticising a fish for swimming, or a YVer for drooling. It's certainly an odd criticism if you are just after an explanation of why the current business model of newspapers pushes them to act more and more tabloidy, or more like television 'news'. But I already know that - as, I suspect, do most people who visit the blog (apart from the guy who keeps googling 'young gay wankers'). My point is, and has always been, that I don't care about the Herald's bottom line unless it is providing a good service - that is, serious and worthy journalism. If they don't, and when they don't, they don't deserve a free ride just because they are trying to make money, any more than a restaurant with crap service deserves your patronage just because they are trying to save on wages. Of course, it's worse with newspapers - a rubbish curry isn't going to lead to a rubbish government. Probably.
Anyway, hopefully these 'replies' seem reasonable. Flame on!