Is the Internet A Modern-Day “Dunciad”?


And so it proved, as music website after music website soon reported on the Gordon-Moore breakup in exactly those sort of exclamatory tones, completely ignoring the fact that the article focused on Gordon as a modern feminist hero rather than an abandoned wife.

At the Quietus, Paul Tucker examines the reaction to Elle‘s profile of Kim Gordon, whose recent divorce from Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore has overshadowed all other aspects of her life in the music press.

Tucker not only reminds us that there’s more to Gordon than heartbreak, but also traces journalistic sensationalism back to 18th-century London. If nothing else, it’s probably the only blog post you’ll read today that combines Alexander Pope and the no-wave movement.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →