Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Wednesday, 22nd March

Here we go again. 14 posts. Most of them pretty bog-standard.

Only one classic Worstall. He declares that France isn't a market-economy, and rubbishes a claim by an economist that labour regulation doesn't affect the overall level of employment. Nothing is provided in terms of evidence, indeed it is left to 'Dsquared' in the comments to point out that in fact this is what a report indeed shows.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Passing Through said...

Keep up the good work crazy stalker.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous dsquared said...

Congratulations on your new Watch site. I am glad someone is doing this, as Tim is a personable enough bloke, but he does go vastly overboard in calling other people "economic idiots" and is not particularly consistent.

I must warn you though, from bitter experience gained from "Steven den Beste Watch" and "Aaronovitch Watch" that you have taken on a hell of a task here. Tim himself posts about a thousand words a day and if you are going to do Scott Burgess as well it is going to become a savage burden. My advice would be 1) try to recruit a team and 2) don't attempt waterfront coverage - you are doing exactly the right thing by picking and choosing.

Good luck. For what it's worth, my experience has been that you hit a "wall" after between three and five weeks of Watching and once you're through that, it gets a lot easier. Also, expect to develop a certain amount of Stockholm Syndrome which manifests itself in a bizarre urge to defend your target when other people attack him. Best o'luck!

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dsquared, your reasons of how to survive the experience of doing a 'watch' site seem to me to be, well, the problems of doing a 'Watch' site. Your experience? Good god man, get out more. why not just post critical comments on the blog itself rather than waiting for 'the wall' to hit you? I don't understand the internet sometimes.

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recruit a team? Isn't that a bit over the top? It's not like Worstall's a high-profile columnist. (Must crush dissent?)

These watch sites are becoming silly. Next thing you know someone will be starting up a site called "Worstall Watch Watch", and so on. Or "The Site that Watches What that Balding Loudmouth in our Local Always Says", or "Mrs-Miggins-from-two-doors-down Watch".

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon:

The reason is that 'off message' comments on the original site spend their average day on the front page being drowned out by ill-informed, psuedo-libertarian boilerplate and snide remarks from the half a dozen regular commenters.

And besides, why not?

5:40 AM  
Blogger Qaz said...

If you disagree with the guy why dont you just post a comment?..and why are you covering your identity?, and dont forget if you say someone is wrong, plz dont forget to point out why you think they are wrong..life is about what you are for, not what you are against.

good luck anyways.

-s-

5:42 AM  
Anonymous dsquared said...

answering cheekily on behalf of my brother in Watching.

Good god man, get out more

I've given up drinking during the week, so this is not going to happen.

If you disagree with the guy why dont you just post a comment?..

Because it is more fun to have your own blog, plus you can control how it appears, edit it after posting and comment threads can be closed or even deleted.

Recruit a team? Isn't that a bit over the top?

Not really. It's a lot more social too.

It's not like Worstall's a high-profile columnist. (Must crush dissent?)

Tim is, afaict, perfectly capable of looking after himself and I would bet dollars to dougnuts that he will have a column somewhere reasonably high profile before long.

why are you covering your identity?

There are about a million and one reasons why someone would want to do this; it's a fundamentally unserious critique.

life is about what you are for, not what you are against.

"They are also servants of mankind, those who plant no seeds of their own, but merely clear the fields of rocks and weeds" (John Locke)

Next thing you know someone will be starting up a site called "Worstall Watch Watch

As far as I am aware, this joke has been made about every single Watch there has ever been, so congratulations WW, you have arrived.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be worth noting that dsquared so called correction is not in fact one at all. d2 has his own problems reading and comprehending reports, and his own particular spin for taking things out of contect when doing so.

Can I suggest reading Scott Burgess for some faint clues on how to do this effectively ?

6:39 PM  

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