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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

…and it’s 12th September. The Guardian will, quite literally, never be the same again.

This 715th post was filed under: Media.

Some recently published posts

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels: eight years on / January 2020, 8 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / January 2020, 7 minutes long

Faber Stories / December 2019, 4 minutes long

My favourite books of 2016 / December 2019, 26 minutes long

What I’ve been reading this month / December 2019, 12 minutes long

Some random old posts

The Wife of the Prime Minister / June 2005, 2 minutes long

‘Not in my name’ says Toynbee / April 2005, 1 minute long

Swing Update / April 2005, Less than a minute long

Swing Update / April 2005, Less than a minute long

How can religious people explain this? / December 2004, 1 minute long

Kevin Rudd on equal marriage / September 2013, Less than a minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Barnaby Olthwaite

by Barnaby Olthwaite

Comment posted at 20:40 on 3rd September 2005.

It has never been the same since they removed “Manchester” from the masthead!

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:56 on 3rd September 2005.

Very true, but the editor says that this current change is even bigger than that one – it will certainly be interesting to see what they’ve come up with… And, for the record, I think it’s still the most northerly aware of the broadsheets, which tend to think that that anywhere north of Coventry is not worthy of coverage.

Comment from Samuel Pickwick

by Samuel Pickwick

Comment posted at 19:47 on 4th September 2005.

Is a change for the sake of change, such a good thing?

If this is such an unprecedented change, will it not alienate the established readership of The Guardian?

Will the change attract more new readers than those it loses?

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 16:43 on 5th September 2005.

It’s certainly not change for change’s sake – it’s change to try and reverse, or at least attentuate, the plummeting sales figures. I’m certainly concerned that it might alienate the established readership – myself included – and I guess we just have to hope that it arracts more than it loses, without it been driven to become such a populist paper (though, of course, with its Scott Trust ownership, sales figures are far from the be all and end all with The Guardian in quite the same way they are for everyone else)

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