She compares the unfavorable reaction to a somewhat naïve piece she wrote about safe sex in the ’90s to the daily attacks she now receives on her “looks, marital or reproductive status, and standing on the bitch-o-meter”—and then considers the verbal skirmishes of the Founding Fathers....more
Posts Tagged: Internet
“For me the experience of writing is really an experience of losing control.… I think it’s very much like dreaming or like surfing....more
In an article at NewStatesman about sexist abuse online, nine bloggers reveal their experience with abusive, mysoginist comments, as well as rape and death threats....more
Do you know about the Precession?
Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffrey’s project is pioneering new digital landscape, making the act of writing into a visually-stimulating performance piece, combined with the personal act of reading work on the Internet. It is a collaborative performance piece, a social commentary and ready for you to experience at any time....more
All of us Wikipedia users are constantly reaping the benefits of massive information-based collaboration. This essay, published in the Awl, considers why this resource is so essential in our digital age. Anybody who has ever accidently cited Wikipedia on a college paper as a freshman can now liberate themselves from the shame–Wikipedia is deconstructing the personal ownership of ideas, transforming our material world and creating a new unity....more
“Like quilting, archiving employs the obsessive stitching together of many small pieces into a larger vision, a personal attempt at ordering a chaotic world.”
This essay provides some edgy perspective on archiving, folk art and collectors as artists. Also, how the internet has intertwined the act of archiving and creating....more
To commemorate the Giants winning the World Series, McSweeney’s is selling a cool limited-edition poster of Giants-related Dave Eggers drawings....more
“But somewhere in that transition from a social site meant to deepen interpersonal relationships to a self promotional, commercial tool, Facebook lost its appeal.
“The various facets of my life merged into a web of connectivity where I could no longer clearly create distinct relationships with friends, foes, and fast food — either because I can’t figure out how or because Facebook is preventing me outright....more
Going through the book blogs every week, I read a lot about how the Internet is ruining everything — from publishing to our attention spans to investigative journalism to our social lives. But every once in a while, I hear about an online project that’s so necessary and does so much good that I flash back to what it was like when all this technology was brand new and we thought it would turn the world into some sort of tech-happy utopia....more
Happy 40th birthday to the internet. Just don’t go buying a Harley to prove you’re still vibrant.
In what may be the most counter-intuitive finding in recent years, the internet might actually make people smarter, which frightens the hell out of me, considering what you can find online....more
Brandon Scott Gorrell’s debut collection, During My Nervous Breakdown I Want to Have a Biographer Present is an anxious, ambivalent ode to Internet culture....more
It’s summertime. BookExpo is in the past. Writers have taken a little break from accosting critics. The book blogs finally have some free time.
And like most people, they are spending that time poking around the Internet and finding lots of things that are a little bit brilliant, from a homeless book club to a web site that asks gifted authors to write on slightly ridiculous objects to something called “possibilianism.” That, plus a “failed interview with Marilyn French,” giving up on vampires, and Middlesex on TV, all below the fold....more
That’s the claim of a BBC News article which quotes the study’s lead researcher, Bill Heil, as follows: “Twitter is a broadcast medium rather than an intimate conversation with friends,” and “it looks like a few people are creating content for a few people to read and share.” That’s no great surprise, but there are a couple interesting items in the data....more
Jay Smooth is the founder of WBAI’s Underground Railroad, New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show. Like nearly all other bipeds, he has a blog. What differentiates Smooth from the pack is that his video posts on ill doctrine are amusing and articulate, blending intellectual commentary and blistering spoken word. Even for those completely removed from hip-hop culture, Jay Smooth is likeable and relevant, almost like an upgrade of D.L....more