Thursday 22 May 2008

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Risking execution

In the current London Review of Books Terry Eagleton writes on the history of publishing books anonymously:


In Periodicals on 22 May 2008. Permalink

Stop and go “Huh?”

At the start of this Terry Eagleton article on anonymity from which I previously quoted he asserts that “All literary works are anonymous, but some are more anonymous than others.” I don’t want to discuss the nature of authorship (because I’ll be out of my depth in seconds) but this anonymity can be, in a way, a bigger problem online than in the real world. Someone writing online can certainly attempt to provide plenty of context to inform a reader — links to their personal website or further articles for example — and more is only a Google away. But this context is rarely explored by most readers and, the crucial difference between online and off-, the reader can, in turn, instantly respond in public: post a comment at the end of the writer’s piece, create their own weblog post, etc.


In Misc on 22 May 2008. 2 comments. Permalink

22 May 2008 at Twitter

  • 05:42pm: Feeling grand, aside from a stiff shoulder/neck. Not sure if it's from sleeping off a headache, too much mousing, or too much rapier work.