And so The Register changes

Expect …. a recognition that attempted self-aware hopefully ironic sexism is almost always indistinguishable from actual sexism.

Is this an improvement we ask?

On which point, see if you can guess when Lewis Page and I left that august newspaper?

26 thoughts on “And so The Register changes”

  1. Sad times. The whole point of El Reg is that it’s the Jeremy Clarkson of computing – entertaining, controversial, not always right; but most importantly, never afraid to call a spade shovel a shovel.

  2. Yes, that is effectively what happened. Owner/managers changed alliances leading to different very top bod. All other changes now ripple down.

  3. Very sad. I guess The Inquirer (which I vaguely remember is the result of an early split of El Reg’s staff) is still around for that sort of irreverent editorial style, although I always preferred the Reg.

  4. I agree (as a regular reader since 2000) that it doesn’t look good. But I’m prepared to give ElReg the benefit of the doubt for a while (as long as Orlowski is still on board).

  5. “a recognition that attempted self-aware hopefully ironic sexism is almost always indistinguishable from actual sexism”: so muddled it must have been written by a woman.

  6. Presumably Lester Haines is next for the chop. He’s churning out as many cheeky headlines as possible while he still can:
    * Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement
    * Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz ‘horse penis’ sausage quip
    * Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

  7. I used to go to The Register a dozen or so times a day. Really did like Lewis Pages’ musings prior to realising that your good self also had work published there.
    For some reason I have been going to the site less and less and some days not at all. Basically what was good is less so due to unneeded meddling. Its a bit like my favourite web browser has always been Opera. I am now slowly moving everything over to Vivaldi. Due to unwanted meddling.

  8. I’m currently reading this site on Vivaldi, and was thoroughly delighted when I discovered that it existed to revive the Opera way of doing things. It’s been my main browser for some time. Opera became useless when they decided to follow the fashion for “UX For Dummies”. The same seems to have happened to Firefox as well.

    Shouldn’t be too long until Viv 1.0 gets released 🙂

  9. “…attempted self-aware hopefully ironic sexism is almost always indistinguishable from actual sexism.”

    quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur

  10. Bloke not in Cymru

    I’ve been visiting el reg less lately as well, I suspect my decline in visits is most probably closely correlated to their increase in republishing articles from The Conversation

  11. Tim>

    Is Mad Mike Magee still involved at all? I remember the first time The Rog went through something like this, and then Mike went off and set up The Inquirer. Ironically now it looks like they’re going back to something more like his original plan.

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Presumably the Bastard Operator from Hell will soon be replaced by The Bitch Diversity Coordinator from HR.

  13. Today’s Register New Year’s resolutions led me here, and I have to agree that this points towards the continuing demise of the site.

    I had wondered if the world of IT had just got duller in the last few months, but I now realise it hasn’t, The Register has.

    Shame really.

  14. “Opera became useless when they decided to follow the fashion for “UX For Dummies”. The same seems to have happened to Firefox as well.”

    Well, I use Sea Monkey because it’s basically the same as the original Netscape. I’ve hated every other browser that came after it.

  15. So Much For Subtlety

    Expect …. a recognition that attempted self-aware hopefully ironic sexism is almost always indistinguishable from actual sexism.

    And why is that a bad thing?

    Or to put it another way, if the sexes are equal, then the writing of the testosterone-rich former Reg will be matched by the writing of the new ball-less paper. Right? Because we are all the same, basically, so the gutless, spineless, sackless wonders now running the paper will be able to be as funny, intelligent and interesting?

    Sexism – makes the world a funnier if not better place

    Or perhaps there is a reason there are no funny female comedians (oh now, come on, before you reach for the angry reply button, we all know it is true, at least, to a first order approximation).

  16. So Much For Subtlety

    Where is the Register when you need it? We will miss Page:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/264650-clinton-aliens-may-have-visited-us-already

    Hillary Clinton says that aliens may have already visited humanity.

    “I think we may have been [visited already]. We don’t know for sure,” the Democratic presidential front-runner told The Conway Daily Sun during a campaign stop in New Hampshire last week.

    Her comment came after being asked about her husband Bill Clinton’s comments during an appearance on late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2014, when he suggested that extraterrestrial life could exist.

    Hillary Clinton told a Sun reporter that she would “get to the bottom” of UFOs.

    I assume she has seen her poll numbers, which say she is about as likeable as a colonoscopy, and show she is trying to show she can be hip and cool and all dat stuff down with da yoof.

    I refer you to my post above. Women? Not comedians.

  17. The way things are going now, judging from the articles, comments, and shifts in prominent Commentards, Vulture Central will need a session of Navelstaring come the halfway-mark of this year with the subject “How the Hell did our visitor numbers drop so far?”

    It’s…saddening. that they don’t even recognise the fact that the need to present the dozen-odd features *over a year* by Simon as a Major Selling Point, only highlights the fact that they’ve stopped being the Home of the BOFH.

    Ah well “Happy Ever After really doesn’t last that long.”…

  18. Intractable Potsherd

    I’m giving El Reg a chance during its transition, but the fact that I have started coming here several times a week (even with the ghastly colour scheme!), and would subscribe to Lewis’s stuff if I knew where he had gone, is testament to my dissatisfaction with the changes. There is too much bland around, and I am grown up enough to realise that everyone needs to get opinions that don’t chime with their own if growth is to happen. Political Correctness stifles debate – and I’m glad to see none of it here 🙂

  19. And I was wondering why the articles there have become so freaking boring. Now I know they’ve gone SJW and adapted that template. Another one down the memory hole.

  20. Never believe the misinformed views of spurned writers. The Register won’t change. It just dumped the old farts, and their outmoded opinions.

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