Should writers avoid the Internet?
Virginia Quarterly Review reviewer Jacob Silverman discusses Adam Kirsch's recent piece, “Literary Fame in the Time of the Flame Wars,” on the VQR blog, which claims that writers (of the serious literary kind) debase themselves by creating blogs and participating on blogs.
"Above all, do not start a blog, for the non-writers who wish they were writers will only despise you for choosing to meet them on their own ground," writes Kirsch. " As one of the commenters on Gessen’s blog put it: “get off the Internet as soon as you possibly can. Every second you stay online”Šanother 18-28 year old (that coveted demographic!) loses all respect for you.”
Silverman seems to agree, calling blog banter a waste of time that debases the artistic spirit by being "anti-literary, unartistic, crude, resistant to intellectual insight, without any purpose beyond self-defeating narcissism."
But, of course, he also points out that he's writing his review on a blog. Read More.