Blogwatch: Aug. 1, 2005

Writer Helaine Olen, in a New York Times article on July 17, caused a Web-wide stir when she described firing her nanny Tessy for blogging about the family. The Web consensus? Olen was wrong to sack the nanny--ATRIOS dubbed the essayist "wanker of the week"--and downright depraved for airing her dirty laundry in the pages of the Gray Lady. Opinion was divided on whether Tessy made a mistake by confessing the blogging to her employer. The nanny fired back with a 3,200-word rebuttal on her site, INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DOUBLE, then announced that she would blog no more--at least under her...