Du Fresne on blogs

April 30th, 2008 at 10:37 am by David Farrar

had an article in yesterday’s Dominion Post about blogs:

BREAKING NEWS: Police hold grave fears for the safety of a man reported missing in the Internet .

The man told family members he was taking a short afternoon excursion to explore ’s Weblog … He hasn’t been seen since.

“Poneke’s is a relatively gentle blog that shouldn’t have exposed him to any serious risk,” a police spokesman said. “But there are lots of links leading off it to other blogs, some of which are a good deal more hazardous. He may have strayed off the beaten track.

“We’ve seen this sort of thing before. Someone sets out to have a look at a blog like Poneke’s, then they get diverted on to Russell Brown’s weblog or David Farrar’s , and with just a couple of innocent clicks they wander off into the wilderness. They lose track of the passage of time and before they know it they’re hopelessly bushed.

“It’s a maze out there and he may have ended up a long way from where he started. There are links to political blogs, media blogs, sports blogs, wine blogs, heavy metal blogs, climate change blogs, hard-left blogs, extreme-right blogs, greenie blogs, sado-masochism blogs . . . you name it.

An inquiring mind could ask how Karl knows there are sado-masocistic blogs :-). Unless he means Whoar where reading Phil’s uncapitalised prose does cause pain!

The police spokesman said concerns were heightened by the fact that the man was inexperienced and poorly equipped.

“He’s not had much previous exposure to infantile abuse and personal invective of the type that he’s likely to find in the blogosphere. Also, his family advises us he has a history of severe allergic reactions to bad grammar, misspellings and missing apostrophes. We’re encouraging them to keep their hopes up, but it’s not looking good.”

I think Karl is admitting to a secret addiction. Or maybe he is the mystery Queen Bee blogging at !

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18 Responses to “Du Fresne on blogs”

  1. Johnboy (15,585 comments) says:

    Feeling in need of a bit of the sado-masochism I strayed to the Stranded last thursday and picked up a cyberly transmitted disease namely zlob downloader so let that be a warning to all who seek knowledge of the dark side of the force.

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  2. Peter (1,664 comments) says:

    MSM beat-up on blogs is soooo 2003…..

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  3. Peter (1,664 comments) says:

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  4. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    Maybe he meant “the piglet” ?

    Those in the know will know..

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  5. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    At the risk of being called out for self aggrandisement, I will note that I blogged on this at The Inquiring Mind yesterday -
    http://adamsmith.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/495/

    It was a very good piece and funny.

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  6. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    Re my earlier comment, Karl Du Fresne’s piece was funny, not my post
    Sorry for the wrong use of words

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  7. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    I remember reading an op-ed piece a couple of years ago about some bloke who inadvertently (apparently) wandered on to a porn site and became hooked, spending up to six hours a day surfing porn.

    Blogs are becoming a bit like that – I popped on to the Net last night to print one email and ended up spending two hours blog-hopping…maybe the Marsden Fund can pay for a study into blog addiction!

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  8. Johnboy (15,585 comments) says:

    If it can pay for a study into Hip-Hoppin. Blog-Hopping should be a goer.

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  9. Inventory2 (10,177 comments) says:

    Adamsmith said “At the risk of being called out for self aggrandisement, I will note that I blogged on this at The Inquiring Mind yesterday -”

    Adam – what a shameless piece of self-aggrandisement!!!!!!! Hey, just kiddin’………

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  10. NX (603 comments) says:

    There’s knothing worse than having sumone correct ur spelling on the inturnet.

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  11. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    Good one NX, you’ve just dragged Paul the Idiot into this thread…

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  12. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    The guy has probably just found a rabid, screaming nutter or three, whose vitriolic and appalling political/social opinions amuse him! He’s been watching, spellbound, ever since. (Hell that’s half of Kiwiblog’s appeal to me…)

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  13. jafapete (766 comments) says:

    Frankly, I don’t think that some of QB’s sources are that much of a secret.

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  14. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    Johnboy says:

    If it can pay for a study into Hip-Hoppin. Blog-Hopping should be a goer.

    While they’re at it, they should study a dangerous new form of self-abuse – vanity Googling. I stumbled upon a blog the other day on (of all things) Australian Idol contestants, one of whom – after a stellar performance involving finishing ninth – was catapaulted to a radio breakfast slot (competing, ironically, against a former Big Borther loser).

    The blogger had called her a “lying, one-earring wearing Adelaide bogan” (a fairly apt description, though I’ve no ida if the “lying” bit is right) and within a flash she was whining in comments about how misrepresented she was. I loved his comeback though: “Emelia. I can’t believe I spelt your name right! I wish I hadn’t now, of course; then your Google search would have been less painful” :-D

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  15. Tauhei Notts (1,649 comments) says:

    Karl Du Fresne,
    If I want to listen to excrement, I’ll fart.

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  16. Johnboy (15,585 comments) says:

    Blogs have there uses though it turns out Hillary gets her best one-liners from a NZ blog where Judith was quoted as mentioning something about nuclear war and cockroaches of two different species. Anyone seen Judith lately?

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  17. NX (603 comments) says:

    Karl Du Fresene

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  18. NX (603 comments) says:

    testing karl du fresense

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