Monday, October 08, 2007

Predictable and Preppy

A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review whose tweedy shtick focuses on "strategy, innovation, and technology" doesn't like my name.

He should know better, especially since he is proud to self-promo the fact that "eWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in IT."

(That's OK, but does it trump TIME 100?)

His takeaway from the R U Sirius column "Is the net good for writing?" is a bit clueless, which is surprising since he is proud to have been "a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review" (did I already mention that?). He suggests that if you see writing "as a utilitarian information-delivery vehicle, then the net's boffo. If you see it as a craft that's as much an end as a means, then the net's a curse."

You see, it's all black and white. Good versus evil. You're either with us or against us. And with a name like Amerika, how could you be with us?

But the question remains: Is the net good for writing?

Writing is an art form that is expanding its reach into the Internet environment like never before. The new conditions require the writer to develop multiple literacy skills and in so doing create emerging remixological styles (what the suits still like to call "craft") that innovate heretofore unseen modes of postproduction art.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

your take on the future of net writing was a fresh breath of air. a way out of the cave of language production. still trying to understand it (thru this blog), but it feels right.

to express the new way we share perception and experience requires these new literacies and the only way to tackle something new is to play and invent. the persona, the mask, is a tool to get up from the comfy writer's chair. as if we were already in the future. which we are, of course.

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