Bookslut was born in an era of internet freedom. Today's web has killed it

The books community that my site joined was driven by enthusiasm not clicks, goodwill and not money – and that culture has goneI miss the internet. I know that, technically, the internet still exists. It’s the Facebook-, Twitter-filtered series of algorithms designed to put cat videos, think pieces, and advertisements in front of you. But I get nostalgic for the days before money invaded the internet – the early 2000s, in particular, when I created the literary blog and webzine Bookslut.com.Back then, nothing you did mattered. And that gave you freedom. Back then, the online book culture was run mostly by enthusiasts and amateurs, people who were creating blogs and webzines simply for the pleasure of it, rather than to build a career or a brand. I know that nostalgia is a stupid emotion, but still I regret the day money found the internet. Once advertisers showed up, offering to pay us to do the thing we were doing just for fun, it was very hard to say no. Or understand exactly what the trade-offs would be.The most disappointing revelation about the books world: even an intellectual is susceptible to clickbaitYou click on it, you own it. Related: Jessa Crispin: 'We're not allowed to say the Paris Review is boring' Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2016-05-16 00:00:00 UTC ]
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[ Fast Company | 2021-05-07 08:00:30 UTC ]
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Today in cool internet passion projects: the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.

If you’re on the hunt for new literary rabbit holes, today is your lucky day. The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, created by lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower (a former editor of both the OED and Random House Dictionaries) is “a comprehensive quotation-based dictionary of the language of... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2021-01-27 16:14:09 UTC ]
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Lack of Innovation Is Killing Ad Tech and Maybe Even the Open Web

Ad tech on the open web has become a disjointed chain of systems that is so fragmented that it prevents any single player from innovating at scale. The walled gardens of Google, Facebook and Amazon have left the rest of the ad-tech ecosystem behind. Take publishers, for example. The industry has... Continue reading at AdWeek

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A Star Is Born: Tatiana Maslany turns 33 today

JK Rowling once surprised readers by telling them that all along, without mention in her books, one of her "Harry Potter" characters was gay. Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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The next Ev Williams pivot has screwed over another round of scrappy media professionals. Yesterday I wrote about the weird breathless coverage that Twitter co-founder Ev Williams seems to get whenever he talks about Medium, his grand project to make online publishing sustainable. Williams will... Continue reading at Fast Company

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BAFTA and MOBO Award-winning hip-hop artist, writer/poet and historian Akala speaks to Philip Jones ahead of his keynote address at this year’s FutureBook Conference. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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How the Internet Killed Playboy

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Remember those customized children's books that the rich kids in school used to get, featuring a story with their name and face pasted onto the pages? It turns out that these things are still going, but now the companies that make them are harnessi... Continue reading at Engadget

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The Web Will Either Kill Science Journals or Save Them

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Cool Tools: A Whole Earth Catalog For The Post-Internet Era

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Springer CEO Says "Free Beer" Era for Internet Ending

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Watch Today, Read Today: Book Tie-Ins Are Hitting the Market Faster

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