Thursday, June 10, 2010

"We can... fight off the weenuses and hosebags"

That's a direct quote from Maureen Johnson, the incredibly droll author of some amazing YA lit (including one of my personal all-time favorites, 13 Little Blue Envelopes. After attempting to wrestle the microphone away from another author who kept shouting about being "A BRAND, A BRAND," Maureen accidentally developed the following manifesto (and thanks to the inimitable Mike Jung for the heads-up):

The internet is made of people. People matter. This includes you. Stop trying to sell everything about yourself to everyone. Don’t just hammer away and repeat and talk at people—talk TO people. (Go read the rest on her blog. I'll wait.)

Oh, good, you're back.

She's right! Don't let the internet turn into one ginormous commercial! Don't let us become a mindless consumeristic society like the one in M.T. Anderson's modern classic futuristic novel, FEED.

Do you agree? Disagree? The internet is a conversation. I'm here. Let's talk.


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