This is my first post at The Briefing Room and something an introduction.
Some of you may know of me from Sir Humphreys for others I will be unfamiliar.
Blogging is not as simple as it looks and is often a fairly time consuming process and Ian who is a busy man does not always have the time to update this blog on a regular basis. So I have joined him to assist him in maintaining TBR as a vehicle for raising issues of public interest or concern and as a forum for the discussion of these.
There has been some discussion on the role of the Blogosphere in public discourse over the past week. A discussion initiated by a Karl du Fresne editorial in the Dominion Post (and viewable in scanned form here) and further discussed this post Sense of irony destroyed by editing MSM papers.
But whatever blogging is or isn't it has a pedgree that goes back a long way, way back to the invention of the printing press when pamphleteers presented their points of view to the public on scruffy bits of paper passed hand to hand. And occaisionally helped change the world or redress wrongs in the process.
I'm not so arrogant as to believe I can change the world, the best I can hope for is to bring my four children up as well adjusted productive citizens in a well functioning society. And I can use the freedom of speech we are lucky to enjoy in New Zealand to speak out against those things that I perceive to be unhealthy and to support those that I believe to be positive.
All I have to do now is figure out how to use Typepad's blogging software