Is Writing for the Web a “Fools Bargain”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story features an interview with Jaron Lanier, philosopher and author of You Are Not a Gadget, in which he says, “If the future is one in which writers are not paid, then it also is one in which writers lack clout. And if it’s a future in which writers lack clout, then what we have is a lack, basically, of an intellectual middle class. Instead we have a sort of volunteer intellectual class, which in terms of clout starts to resemble peasants.”

He states that popular Internet culture is essentially “a fools bargain,” where “we offer people fake flattery in exchange for them impoverishing themselves.”

Do you agree, disagree, and why?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.