Writing, mean gossip, and the internet

Worth reading:

From “How dishing got dirty” by Joseph Epstein in The Week, January 20, 2012:

“Stendhal said that to write a book is to risk being shot at in public. But until the Internet, one didn’t know all the tender places in which one could be shot. And there is no redress, not really, not likely, not ever, not so long as the Internet remains the playground of the too often pathological and the Valhalla of the unvalorous.”

5 replies
  1. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    That was a very entertaining article. The Internet has progressively gotten meaner, for sure. Most flame wars start the moment a discussion participant runs out of facts. Instead of simply exiting the discussion, they shift into personal attack mode. The woman that blogged about her sex life Epstein used in the article is another aspect of cyber activity many people find repugnant, while others are drawn to the content like moths to the flame. She managed to parlay what should have been morally reprehensible for herself, as well as the subjects she spread intimate details about, into a small fortune in money and fame. Sadly, more young women will emulate her than shun her ill conceived endeavor. It’s a brave new angry world out here in cyberspace. 🙂

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    Bernard, and a few years later, when she has kids who are old enough to find out about it, she’s going to be so sorry she ever wrote that stuff.

  3. Gramsie
    Gramsie says:

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