Should that really make headlines?
As someone who, over the years, has enjoyed reading Doris Lessing, I would have
preferred to learn that she likes the internet. It's perhaps no great loss that
she doesn't - and she surely seems not to understand it very well - but it would
have been nice. What's perhaps more interesting, however, is the fact that the
reports of Lessing's lecture seem to have all focused on her critique of the
internet, even though it's mentioned in only one paragraph, and is dealt with
only tangentially, in two, of what is a rather lengthy speech. It's hard not to
get the impression that some newspaper person, somewhere, is well aware that "Lessing
lashes out at internet" is simply a better headline grabber than "Lessing
stresses importance of books".
Go to: The internet and some of its discontents.