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December 30, 2011

"Our Internet intellectuals lack the intellectual ambition, and the basic erudition,..."

"to connect their thinking with earlier traditions of social and technological criticism.
They desperately need to believe that their every thought is unprecedented. Sometimes it seems as if intellectual life doesn’t really thrill them at all. They never stoop to the lowly task of producing expansive and expository essays, where they could develop their ideas at length, by means of argument and learning, and fully engage with their critics. Instead they blog, and tweet, and consult, and give conference talks—modes of discourse that are mostly impervious to serious critique. -- The Internet Intellectual | The New Republic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 30, 2011 12:08 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I find plenty of well-thoughtout, well formed pieces on line. You just have to maintain some standards. Also the expediency of the internet opens up an entire universe of writers and thinkers to readers.

Posted by: RedCarolina at December 30, 2011 12:40 PM

I'll bet the writer of that piece gets regularly Pwned by lowly internetizens.

Posted by: monkeyfan at December 30, 2011 5:03 PM

That was one of the most tedious, self important reviews I have ever read....

Posted by: Whatever at December 30, 2011 9:08 PM

Too bad Stephen Glass isn't working for them. He could sure spin a yarn, couldn't he?

Posted by: Jewel at December 31, 2011 2:09 AM

Oh yeah? So's yer ol' man!

Posted by: Svenster at December 31, 2011 4:07 AM

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