A story on The Australian reports on the problems caused by a blog (hewhostandsfornothing) that saw two Victorian Liberal party staff members sacked for maintaining the blog. Allegedly the blog, now offline, was critical of party policy and direction. What distinguishes this blog from those that are the focus of my thesis is the manner in which they were maintained: hewhostandsfornothing was updated on computers located at Liberal Party HQ in Melbourne.
Whilst there are ample elements within this case that indicate struggles associated with the presence of power relationships, the fact that the blog was maintained on a work computer and was specifically aimed at the author’s work, rather than their personal life, places the blog just outside of the field of my inquiry.
Blog betrayal: Libs sack rats: The Age
An archive of one of the blog posts, openly critical of the party leader, can be found here.
As a footnote to this article it’s worth noting the permanency of blog posts. Despite attempts made to take the blog offline archives of the blog are still available as the above line shows.