It is probably unfair to point out McCrums's occasional slips into un-Orwellian vagueness. He indulges in some bloated writing which probably wouldn't impress Orwell: "the democracy of the web is in danger of becoming a cacophonous nightmare ... there are a score of half-baked rants: ignorant, bilious, semi-literate and depressing." (3) Are four adjectives necessary? Why not just say they are badly written?
1- "Would Orwell have been a blogger," by Robert McCrum, in The Observer, 2nd of September, 2007. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2160684,00.html)
2- "Politics and the English Language," by
George Orwell. (http://www.george-orwell.org/Politics_and_the_English_Language/0.html)
3 - McCrum, op. cit.