… is a strategy. After a burst of activity, the all too easy deathly silence has descended, only partly due the intrusions of daily life. Trying to find some time every dayish to report on the local news scene feels a bit like working for free, though I realize that is an old-fashioned reaction, based on soon to be outmoded economic models.
The easiest remedy is to shoot from the hip, and let opinion and adrenaline steer the agenda, writing about anything that actually propels one to the keyboard, rather than getting bogged down in all that fact-checking, digging and attempted ‘objectivity’ that makes up the working day. The spontaneous feels more blogworthy.
Even so, I didn’t find the time to vent about a Norwegian study that received much attention in the wake of the Pirate Bay trial in Sweden, despite feeling very strongly about almost every aspect of that story, being as angered by copyright violation, and by hordes of people who believe they are entitled to anything they want for free, as I am by hamfisted attempts to strangle information flow and legislate without careful consideration of the rapidly changing times and the repercussions that can ensue from hotheaded regulation. The story, incidentally, was about a Norwegian study that was widely interpreted to indicate that pirates were also most likely to pay for downloaded content, a conclusion that could be disputed on any number of grounds – good science, it wasn’t.
One easy excuse for the lack of blog reportage here is that everything paled into insignificance recently as global hysteria erupted over swine flu, despite the disease being unable to cause a tiny fraction of the damage that regular home and garden human flu does.
The reaction here has been admirably calm, though Health Minister Bjarne Håkon Hanssen was cited as warning against the potential ‘breakdown of society’ in the case of a widespread flu epidemic. While this reasonably clearly meant that so many people would be at home, either ill or being tended to, that the wheels of commerce and services could suffer, as a phrase it seemed all too close to fueling the visions of plague ravaged destruction that much of the media was trying to portray.