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Friday, April 11, 2008

Free Bird

A new collective blog called Il-Manoċċa was launched yesterday by a group of Maltese men seeking an alternative outlet for their progressive ideas. I equate most white wines with cat piss but anyone who cares to reproduce anything by Marcel Duchamp wins me over even without any inebriating libations.

I seriously doubt that the men of Il-Manoċċa were invited to air their views on this evening's edition of Xarabank. Malta's most popular TV show focused on the Internet as we used to know it before we came to really know it as we do now. It's a pity that the programme felt like it was thrown together by people who are out of touch with the most recent developments. As a matter of fact, just as with the moon, there's no dark side of the Internet, it's all dark. Or is it?

I've been wanting to find some time to blog about the Maltese blogosphere for quite some time. This is not it but I must mention the wonderful buzz created by some Maltese blogs during the recent general elections and the ensuing aftermath. Bloglords Jacques, Sandro and Fausto are at the top of the list, of course. Then again I'm also pleased (if that's the right word) by the serious case of bloggorrhea on Daphne's Running Commentary.

Anyway, this is just a brief blog entry to remind myself and my readers that I once blogged about more than my weekly music podcast. It also reminds me why I've chosen to set aside less of my time for general blogging and more time on my music podcast. Perhaps Il-Manoċċa will alter this slightly in the coming weeks and months. Then again, with all due respect to the men of Il-Manoċċa, I seriously doubt it.


Blogger Jacques René Zammit said...

Bloglord? I'm flattered. I do hope that you were also contacted by Xarabank. I did pass on your name to the person who contacted me and she said that,as in my case, the fact that you were living abroad was a problem - so much for the internet, skype and the like.

I share your concerns about the effect the Xarabank programme will have on public perception of the internet. It only means that we will have to soldier on as though nothing happened and everything happened at the same time.

The Blogs of Malta page will be improved in the coming days/weeks (a problem of time management) let's hope it can help add to the vibe that already seems to be there.

Saluti... from a Lord to a Founding Father of the blogosfera 

1:59 PM, April 12, 2008
Blogger Toni Sant said...

Yes, one of the Xarabank underlings contacted me as long ago as the 27 Nov 2007 via MySpace asking me if I'd be interested in taking part in an edition of Xarabank about "Cyberspace" (shock horror!) I was told that from my writings I "seem to know a little something" about the subject.

The same ASSociate producer contacted me again a couple of weeks ago, and indeed it appeared that there was a technical issue with getting me on the programme via an internet video conference. The irony is just too sweet.

In the meantime I saw the promo for this particular edition and chatted with a couple of other people who were involved. I became more and more convinced that the Xarabank team is just like the fabled people groping the elephant in the dark. Apparently they also clustered around its rear-end a little too much for my liking.

Anyway, you're very right: we must soldier on! ;-) 

3:39 PM, April 12, 2008

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