Friday, December 02, 2005

Berlin Review-ed: Friday 2nd December

So another week goes by, and the webstats tell me that least a few of you stumble upon this blog on any given day, so here's the Friday roundup for those who drop in over the weekend...

(UPDATE: I changed a load of titles and the links don't work. Maybe I will get a hang of this blogging malarkey one day...)

On Monday there was a report from the Berlin Review's trip to Meissen, as well as more comment on the World Cup ticket farce.

Tuesday brought a look at Große Hamburger Straße in Mitte, news of a new film club at the British Council, as well as Gunther's thoughts on the CIA flights issue, which if nothing else provoked a response.

Books about Berlin provided the inspiration on Wednesday, with a review of Stasiland, as well as news of a football art exhibition at the Martin Gropius Bau.

Thursday's posts concerned themselves with the Kunsthaus Tacheles and the news of the opening gala for the World Cup.

Friday brought us the Berlin Review guide to Hostels in Berlin, as well as a look at Berlin's English language paper the Ex Berliner.

As Saturdays and Sundays are for doing fun stuff, and this is a Monday to Friday blogging operation, we'll see you after the weekend. Have a good one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are not able or not interested in sustaining a debate, once your superficial views are, however slightly, challenged. So don't kid yourself, the response to Gunther's "thoughts" is but a fluke.

2:23 am  
Blogger P. said...

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10:00 am  
Blogger P. said...

Hi Anon,

If you are the person that responded to the post from Gunther, which I think you might be, then I don't really understand your antagonism.

If you are someone else...hey, it's the internet. If you don't like the level of the debate then read something else. You've probably got much better things to do with your time.

Now, I'm going to have breakfast and watch the football.


10:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I am the person who responded to Gunther re: CIA flights. BTW, it's not clear whether you (p) or Gunther is the owner of the blog (he authored that article), but it seems that you are the only two people writing here.

He dropped the debate. From the point of view of a casual visitor, it is not worth spending the time to write a reply if the owner won't continue.

4:24 pm  
Blogger P. said...

Hi Anon,

I am the owner of the blog. Gunther contributes. Hopefully he will be back and post more on the CIA thing...I don't know. He hasn't posted for a while.

As for your general point, you are quite correct. You, yourself, has written long comments to the article and you expect them to be answered. Fair enough. In defence, all I can say is that this is a small blog, been going 2 weeks or so. We are still learning. Also, I work, and probably can't take as much time as I should. Therefore you, as a reader, can choose whether it is worth your time. It seems likely now that you won't bother getting involved, and in the end, that is your choice. Also, this is not a political blog, politics comes into it when the German media picks ups a story, or there is something related to Germany that interests us. For myself I can say, I am not an expert - I just write what interests me and try and create some articles that people from Berlin, and those interested in the city find useful. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. Again, that's the readers choice in that they can decide. The beauty of the internet is that there are millions of blogs out there, and everyone can find the place for them.

Perhaps you will find somewhere that debates more in a way that you think is appropriate. All I can say is thanks for taking your time to get involved here, an enjoy your surfing.

Best wishes


4:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got it. From the posts, it is obvious that neither of you are "experts" (whatever being an expert means). Nor am I.

The point is, you don't have to be an expert to be fair or at least try to be lucid. While this is obviosly not a political blog, politics creeps in, in the form of gratuitous, self-congratulatory, smug anti-Americanism, cloaked in lofty idealism and holy moralizing. Problems is, in Germany this attitude seems widespread, becoming the first attitude of ordinary folks vs the US. It is thus not on a political blog that such questions should be addressed.

By comparison if I venture to have an opinion on wine, or Dutch masters, or Italian design or whatever on my blog, I expose myself to all criticism, and I should take it, correct my views or refrain in the future from empty editorializing on topics I am obviously ignorant about. Yeah, somebody might even be calling me a fraud or a vacuous airhead. In this regard, it is more than telling if that call comes from a fellow non-expert -- than my "knowledge" and "opinion" are really embarrasing.

That is why it is so fitting that a Joe Average has found your "I am an idealist and I demand more from the US" and the "you think we hate you, but in fact we love the idea of you" writings to be nothing more than fluff.


5:11 pm  

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