Thursday, May 22, 2008

IN THE NEWS: why this blog is anonymous

I was going to write about the funny thing my adviser said to me today. But after reading this article, I think I'll just keep the joke to myself. This article is chilling. And if you write a blog or put any portion of yourself on the internet, you must consider this cautionary tale.

You should also check out the comments to this article. The "people" have some pretty interesting reactions. Also, what are your opinions on the paradox of her self-disclosure? The article is about how it ruined her, and yet it also gave her a NY Times byline. Are contemporary intellectuals not a little forced to "overshare," as she calls it?


Published: May 25, 2008

Back in 2006, when I was 24, my life was cozy and safe. I had just been promoted to associate editor at the publishing house where I’d been working since I graduated from college, and I was living with my boyfriend, Henry, and two cats in a grubby but spacious two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I spent most of my free time sitting with Henry in our cheery yellow living room on our stained Ikea couch, watching TV. And almost every day I updated my year-old blog, Emily Magazine, to let a few hundred people know what I was reading and watching and thinking about. read more


Pop! Goes the Icon said...

I heard her on NPR today. Whoever was interviewing her sounded very annoyed and multiple times called Gould narcissistic.

I don't blog anonymously but rather leave out the ugly personal details, because a) no one wants to know that and b) I realize that I am not an anonymous person existing under the radar. I don't understand why it's so hard for people to just do their thing but not blog about every messy detail.

However, I DO find it kind of interesting that you do this anonymously but don't write anything incriminating, self- or otherwise.

Jens said...

It's not anonymous at all, blogger! I unmask thee as FLEAGLE "DIRTY DREW" MCCULLOUGH!