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Miguel Esteves Cardoso:The blogs are well ahead of the Press

Miguel Esteves Cardoso is a famous Portuguese writer, translator, critic, blogger and journalist. He was considered the "enfant terrible" of Portuguese Journalism. This a recent interview with Miguel Esteves Cardoso by Carlos Vaz Marques in TSF radio.


The blogs are well ahead of the press. Even in ethics. The best thing that happened in Portugal. And a few more things, read:

Miguel Esteves Cardoso – There are no places where one can write, where one can mess up, there are none. There are no places where one can unburden.

Carlos Vaz Marques – There are blogs, there’s the internet…

MEC – There are blogs, but the blogs annul each other…

CVM – I mean, there has never been as much capacity for the public to express itself as nowadays.

MEC – If there weren’t the blogs, we would all be doomed, wouldn’t we? Because the blogs are the big escape valve. But that, well… It’s just that there are so many, aren’t there, and they are so personalized…

CVM – They annul each other, is that it?

MEC - … and they are, above all, so identified, so civilly identified, which is good, there are those from the left, those from the right, and what else, there’s none of that concentration that used to exist, when there was only one lobby* and there was a certain… it’s not violence but a… a sort of… frenzy, of communication, of expression. It has to be said, they have to do this, they can’t do that… it was not easy indignation.

CVM – And do you sense that nowadays blogs annul each other?

MEC – Not the blogs, the blogs are a wonderful thing, the best thing that happened in Portugal in the 20th century, no doubt. And they are, among those that I know, the English, the Americans, they [the Portuguese] are by far the best written ones, the best maintained…

CVM – Is there an explanation for that?

MEC – It used to be said often that Portugal is a country of poets and what not, of people who had (unintelligible) in the drawer, but the fact is that the Portuguese write very well…

CVM – Portugal is a country of fine tuned bloggers?

MEC – It’s totally a country of bloggers. And of very well… We have at least some – I’ve been counting just the other day – almost one hundred blogs, one hundred blogs that, if one had time, that are worth reading and that are well written. And they are not only well written. They have a pride in their presentation, even the graphics presentation, and in the maintenance of principles, and in the communication between them, there is an education between them, and ethics that I don’t think ever existed in the Portuguese press. Therefore, this condescendence that people have towards the blogs, the blogs are far ahead of the press.

* These words are very difficult to understand in the original version; if they have been transcribed incorrectly, we apologise.

More On Miguel Esteves Cardoso

Esteves Cardoso began writing freelance reviews of popular music for newspapers, among them Se7eJornal, JL - Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias. Eventually, he co-founded (with Pedro Ayres Magalhães, Ricardo Camacho e Francisco Sande e Castro) Portugal's first independent record label called Fundação Atlântica, which would publish Portuguese bands such as Xutos e Pontapés, Delfins, and Sétima Legião. Esteves Cardoso was the author or co-author of many programs for the station Rádio Comercial including Tópico de Dança and Aqui Rádio Silêncio. Esteves Cardoso soon began to appear on television, gaining notice for his intellectual look mixed with irreverent humor. One of his more notable and controversial appearances was on the SIC channel talk-show A Noite da Má-Língua along with Manuel Serrão, Rui Zink, Rita Blanco, Júlia Pinheiro and other guests. Esteves Cardoso began his career as a journalist when he started contributing a column to the weekly paper Expresso, later collected and published in four volumes, all of which sold over 100,000 copies and are still in print. In 1988, with Paulo Portas, he found the very successful and innovative weekly paper O Independente but he left the board in 1991 to dedicate his time to the magazine K, financed by Valentim de Carvalho, SOCI and later also by Carlos Barbosa. Though highly regarded for its writing, design, and photography, it only lasted two years, attributed by Cardoso to irresponsibility and an excess of fun. After the demise of K, Esteves Cardoso returned to literature. His first novel O Amor é Fodido sold well, perhaps in part due to the obscene title. His second and third novels, A Vida Inteira and O Cemitério de Raparigas, were well received and are still in print. He continued to write essays for O Independente (which published its last number in September 2006) and Diário de Notícias. Between 1999 and 2002, he wrote in his blog named Pastilhas. In January 2006 he returned to the weekly paper Expresso and in November 2006 published his most recent collection, A Minha Andorinha.

External Link in El Pais [Spanish] - Review of book "O Amor é Fodido"


  1. In the Madeleine McCann case blogs may be the only means of expressing your views. With a couple of laudable exceptions, if you comment on a Madeleine McCann online newspaper article, your comment has a very slim chance of being published if your views do not coincide with the 'abduction' story.

  2. I think this guy is talking about you Joana!

    Thank goodness for blogs and the internet!

    Keep going!

  3. Before the MCcann case and the appalling standard of journalism, I had no interest in blogs. I thought of them as ineffectual places that could make no real difference to anything.

    I was very wrong. As are the newspaper- (or no-news paper) columnists who
    have attempted to denigrade the Madeleine sites.

    Or at least, they did in the early days. Now, of course, they daren't mention them in fear of awakening people's interst in the MCcs.

    Forget the MCanns, forget Madeleine and forget the investigation seems to be the policy of the press nowadays.

    Thank God for the blogs.

  4. Without the boggs I believe Madeleine would all but be forgotten, But for the Blogs we would not know the half of it. Its sites like this that brings us the news and the outlook from other countries where the media are not in Clarences pocket.
    The blogs I hope are a thorn in the backside of all who had a hand in the under handed activity concerning this whole case.

  5. Talking of Blogs mine has just come under attack...again....It doesnt bother me, in fact I find it laughable my witterings are a concern when a huge miscarriage of justice is not...


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