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Harper’s Magazine Publisher Not Impressed with The Internet

“I never found e-mail exciting.”

So begins John MacArthur, Publisher of Harper’s Magazine, in his anti-Internet writing rant. It’s logical to wonder who told MacArthur that email is supposed to be fun in the first place, but the fact that he hates it is quickly lost in a sea of reasons why the Internet is the scourge of the writing world.

The 942 word column doesn’t shed any new light onto the extremely-dated opinion that the Internet is terrible, but might be the first by such a prominent literary figure to compare blogs to a sex act (which sadly, he doesn’t define).

As someone who has a vested interest in seeing the printed word succeed, the long-winded rant is expected from MacArthur, and by the end of the column we just felt kind of bad for him. Fighting against Internet-based writing is like trying to convince the Rolling Stones that making more albums only lessens their appeal – it’s pointless because that battle was lost many years ago.

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