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A veteran journalist's take on such diverse subjects as religion and religious violence, democracy, freedom of expression, sociology, journalism, criticism, travel, philosophy, Southeast Asia, politics,economics, and even parenthood, the supernatural, film criticism, and cooking. Please don't hesitate to participate by starting a comment thread if you have an interest in any of these subjects...or anything else, for that matter... p.write@gmail.com

Welcome to “In My View…”

Welcome to this blog. I set it up both as an exercise in self-discipline and because, although I write regularly for a number of publications and occasionaly for many others, from time to time I can’t find an outlet for something I want to say. That’s often because my editors don’t want to be associated with my views on a given topic, but more often it’s because what I want to say doesn’t meet the content or format criteria of my usual clients or their publications. I hope this blog will give me a forum to express those thoughts without alienting my editors or readers.

As an exercise in self-discipline, I’ll try to post regularly and I’ll keep it open for as much open feedback as I can handle. I encourage lively, thoughtful discussion of the issues raised and my expressed views. Please feel free to weigh in if you have something to contribute; as long as it is backed up with some thought and reason.

Fundamentally, however, I believe in dialogue and open discussion of unpopular but intelligent views. My experience has always been that that no matter how honourable and sincere the publisher, there are always constraints upon what can be published. Those constraints are usually the result of financial considerations; one way or another publishers are paid on the basis of the popularity of what they publish. That’s fair, and that’s reasonable. It’s particularly fair and reasonable, given that this medium exists. Nobody can reasonably complain that there is no forum available for alternative or dissonant views. If you can’t get a newspaper, or magazine, or TV station, or me, to give you a platform…open your own blog.

Just to get things started, I’ll post a number of previously written, published and unpublished pieces, so that people can get a sense of what this blog will be all about. In the meantime, since I’m new to the game, please forgive any lapses in my blog management…I’m learning as I go.

Patrick Guntensperger

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  1. Jakartass says:

    Welcome to the Indonesian blogosphere Patrick.

    Glad to see you took up my suggestion, so expect a plug and permanent link as soon as I've completed my course of computer chemotherapy.

    J

  2. You da man!

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