Saturday, January 01, 2011

"Opinion in a distributed culture"

"Opinion in a distributed culture is abundantly, excessively, available, and as electronic self-construction accelerates the transformation of the private interior landscape into a Facebook page for public approval, personality becomes a debased currency.…Though online reviews inevitably vary in quality and insight, their very existence no longer makes it possible to imagine that there is not an engaged general-interest audience out there consuming and thinking about literary works. The audience now talks to itself.…"

"Beyond the Critic as Cultural Arbiter" by Stephen Burn
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/books/review/Burn-t-web.html