Can a corporate-dominated Web become an environment conducive to literary activity? The novelist, essayist, and cultural critic Curtis White is skeptical. Responding to criticisms of his account of the devolution of literary publishing and reflecting on the prevalence of market-driven values in online exchanges, White doubts whether literature can distinguish itself in the noisy new media ecology, which he likens to a high-tech prison house.
Author: Curtis White
Novelist and essayist Curtis White is a professor of English at Illinois State University and a board director at the award-winning Dalkey Archive Press. His books include Memories of My Father Watching TV, Requiem, and The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves. His essays have appeared in many publications, including Context, Harper's Magazine, and The Village Voice.