A cultural critic takes on the Internet
Mitch Perry about about 6 years ago
There's nothing like starting a new form of communications by slamming the very institution.
I'm not doing that, but want to alert listeners who didn't get a chance to listen to it, that on the Friday night Evening News we ran the first of a two-part interview with Lee Siegel, who's written a new polemic against the Internet, called "Against the Machine".
Some of you who read the New Republic's website, or read media bogs, might be familiar with Siegel's 'indiscretion' a year and a half ago or so, when he decided to enter into a chat room discussion (If that's the proper term) with a pseudonym, defending him.
Siegel got busted big time. He was ridiculed throughout the blogosphere. But in true American capitalism form, he was then offered a book contract to write a book about the Internet.
Siegel thinks there's a lot of bad things about this new form of communication. You may violently disagree with what he has to say, but I'm glad he's out there saying some of this stuff.
Some listeners might remember I aired an interview last year with another critic of the 'net, Andrew Keen, who wrote "The Cult of the Amateur". In the 2nd part of the interview, Siegel sounds off on Keen.
What's his main beef? That on the Internet, popularity equals quality.