Being a fan of Douglas Adams and his Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, I would normally think well of anyone who associates themselves with some aspect of his stories. However, I’m not quite sure what to make of the new Live from Golgafrincham blog. There’s an element of satire to how they’re presenting themselves, but what I’ve read so far seems serious.
The first post about climate change (Will they ever, ever, ever get it) seems particularly hard hitting and direct. It lists – assuming people want credible information about climate science – who people should be reading and who they should be avoiding. The two lists seem quite reasonable to me. The post has already attracted the usual suspect who either complain about not being on the list (and are then added), want the author to justify what they’ve said (which he’s been trying to do via emails to the commentors), or want an explanation for why they’ve been included on one of the lists (the avoid list typically).
I thought I would post this partly to make people aware of the site, but also to find out if anyone knows anything about them and what their motives are. If they are genuine, I can see them having quite a bit of trouble moderating their comments streams. I can also see complaints that their style is effectively closing down the debate and that they’re taking a very close-minded view of the situation. However, having tried – and largely failed – to have a site where polite discourse is possible, I don’t really blame them. To be clear, I haven’t completely given up on that goal, but it is a good deal harder than I at first thought and, possibly, not really worth all the effort.