A Writer’s Love-Hate Relationship with the Internet


Over at Vela Magazine, Sarah Menkedick discusses her complicated relationship with the endless distraction and instant gratification of the Internet as a writer:

My default instinct is to skew towards the more challenging option, which demands greater discipline and less immediate reward, and so I continue to aim for the longform essay over the viral blog. But I’m no longer sure, in a media world of rapidly changing reading patterns and rules for success, whether this choice is ultimately more productive, virtuous, or personally meaningful.

Katie O'Brien is an English major at Cornell University, where she writes for kitsch magazine, DJs for a rock station, and complains about the cold. Find her on Twitter @abluekite. More from this author →