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February 18, 2008

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Mark Athitakis, the Washington City Paper's arts editor, is interviewed about cultural journalism and blogging by Victoria Best at Tales from the Reading Room.

Much of which Athitakis says -- including his reservations about the lack of editing in blogs and the slowness to face the ethical ambiguities of certain forms of coziness between litblogs and publishers -- seems to be valid and even obvious. But not as obvious as it should be, perhaps. Likewise, I shared his dismay at some of the comments about blogging from a recent survey of book critics.

Maybe 2008 will be the year when the tired crap breaks down into something less rank and more fertilizing....

Posted by smclemee at February 18, 2008 6:57 PM


The same clip (more or less) is on YouTube with (as here) Bach on the soundtrack (F# minor Prelude, Book 1 of WTC) or Pachelbel (the Canon in D); there may be others I haven't found. In any case the choice of these particular sound backgrounds strikes me as more interesting than the footage, genuine or counterfeit.

Posted by: rootlesscosmo at February 18, 2008 8:34 PM

This comment by rootless refers to an earlier posting:


Posted by: Scott McLemee at February 19, 2008 3:20 PM