David Allen Green’s New Year’s resolutions

My usual resolutions for each New Year are simple: to eat and drink more, and to exercise less. In this way, I have either the smug satisfaction of keeping my resolutions, or the personal benefit of breaking them. One year, I hope to break all three of these resolutions for as long as possible.

This year, however, I have an additional resolution: I would like to carry on supporting and promoting source-based blogging. The first wave of political and other bloggers are now falling away, many of whom added gossip or comment to a debate more often than sourced information. Now other bloggers, especially those from science or legal backgrounds, are showing what the blogging medium is capable of.

Blogging has the immediacy of pamphleteering, but is coupled with the ability to link directly to what is being commented on. In this way, free from print or broadcast production cycles but subject to instant verification, source-based blogging has a great deal of potential. Let's see how it fares in 2011.

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David Allen Green is legal correspondent of the New Statesman and author of the Jack of Kent blog.

His legal journalism has included popularising the Simon Singh libel case and discrediting the Julian Assange myths about his extradition case.  His uncovering of the Nightjack email hack by the Times was described as "masterly analysis" by Lord Justice Leveson.

David is also a solicitor and was successful in the "Twitterjoketrial" appeal at the High Court.

(Nothing on this blog constitutes legal advice.)