Saturday, December 15, 2007

Lessing's lamentation ...

... in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Doris Lessing deplored what she called the inanities of the Internet: A hunger for books.

Chris Berg begs to differ: Bookish pessimists are elitist and wrong: the internet is good for you. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Good point: "Doris Lessing and Andrew Keen compare the best of the past with the average of the present. With a formula like that, it's no wonder today always loses."


  1. The internet is a medium not a message. That's what a lot of these debators forget.

  2. Oh, I love that quote. I must remember that the next time I am defending the blogosphere in debates with my "threatened" mainstream workmates. One of them, bruised and soul-searching, got a note back from his editor recently: "This adds nothing to what bloggers have already said on the subject!" Yes!