Re: On Literary Criticism – Jacob Silverman discusses the »problem with liking«; Gary Shteyngart heaps »promiscuous praise«

Related to my earlier posting about Dwight Garner’s case for hurting writers’ feelings, I enjoyed reading Jacob Silverman complaint about how nice everyone is online:

if you spend time in the literary Twitter- or blogospheres, you’ll be positively besieged by amiability, by a relentless enthusiasm that might have you believing that all new books are wonderful and that every writer is every other writer’s biggest fan.

And why does this upset you, Mr Silverman?

It’s not only shallow, it’s untrue, and it’s having a chilling effect on literary culture, creating an environment where writers are vaunted for their personal biographies or their online followings rather than for their work on the page. […] The problem with Liking is that it’s a critical dead-end, a conversation nonstarter. It’s opinion without evidence—or, really, posture without opinion.

I wonder what Gary Shteyngart (a contributing writer to my new favorite blog The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart) has to say about this …

[Thanks to Uwe Wittstock]

Weird Porn and a Can of Beer for Free. A Protocol of Mathias Döpfner’s and Arianna Huffington’s Debate on the Future of Journalism

***UPDATED*** So, Arianna Huffington, founder of the influential Web site Huffington Post, and Mathias Döpfner, chairman of Germany’s leading newspaper publisher Axel Springer Verlag, were debating the future of journalism. Naturally, they clashed over hot button issues such as paid content. Go figure! Still, it’s a very pleasurable debate between two gifted orators with interesting accents and even more interesting metaphors and hence worth watching — and if you haven’t done so yet, here it is:

If you don’t have the time to watch the whole thing, or if you can’t stand the moderator, here’s the first part of my very rough minute-to-minute protocol. I’ll highlight some quotes that I thought were remarkable and add some little-qualified comments of my own:

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ROFL doch mal, Kulturpessimist! Robert Lanhams "Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era"

Neulich ging es hier um die Möglichkeit(en) von SMS-Literatur. Passend dazu hat der Satiriker Robert Lanham einen Semesterplan für das fiktive Creative-Writing-Seminar “Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era” geschrieben — mit Schreibtipps für die literarischen Gattungen Blog, Tweet und Facebook-Status-Update.

[via Buzzmachine]