Cultural critic Lee Siegel blasts "The Machine"

02/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Cultural Critic Lee Siegel has been called by the New York Times Magazine as one of the most "eloquent and acid-tongued critics in the country."

But in 2006, Siegel was suspended by the New Republic magazine for using a pseudonym to respond to critics on the magazine’s website.

After being denounced by the mainstream media, he was given the opportunity write a book on Web culture, a subject he says he always wanted to write about.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke yesterday with Siegel about his new polemic against the Internet entitled, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. We began by asking him about the controversy at the New Republic.

Tune in Monday night on the Evening News to hear the second part of this interview.

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