Final day of European blogging competition launch event in Brussels, and it’s the European Parliament today. But Question Numero Uno of the day was not on the parliamentary elections in June, the Lisbon Treaty, Europe’s economic woes, or anything as inconsequential as that. No, we had no wireless.
“Why isn’t the wireless working in here?” a fellow blogger demanded. “WE ARE BLOGGERS,” he proclaimed as if it were the essence of his being, an article of faith.
Moving on, we enjoyed a number of sessions with various people from press spokesmen to MEPs. One candid British MEP said that he was proud to have a blog, but confessed rather warily that he has disabled the comments facility, not allowing any discussion on the site for fear of rival parties and political groups using it as a platform for their views.
“NO COMMENTS, NO BLOG!” a militant blogger boomed at him. The MEP continued his defence. I was quite concerned that he was going to be lynched.
Thankfully everything continued peacefully, though I sensed there were many who wanted to publicly strip the gentlemen of his self-appointed status as a “blogger.”
The fantastic Marjory van den Broeke, head of press at the Parliament, who did a wonderful job chairing the sessions, wrapped up the day by quoting one of the speakers. We were described as:
“Lively, challenging, not too respectful, young, cool and attractive - everything bloggers should be.”
And if that’s not proof enough of our sheer brilliance, here’s a video to illustrate just how “lively, young, cool and attractive” Euro bloggers can be - especially with a spot of completely spontaneous dance. I defy you not to be impressed.