(Rough draft of what I’ve written for my own blog. Comments?)
I read Laura Miller’s piece at Salon.com regarding the Harris/Hale incident and no, I don’t think it was balanced. Far from it.
But since the only way to respond is to give Salon access to my friends list on Facebook, I guess I won’t be responding directly. I’m too tired to figure out how to use my Google identity.
Identity is precisely the issue that Miller’s piece misses.
Miller gave Kathleen Hale specifically a distinct identity, mainly just by using her name and linking to the essay she got published in The Guardian. Blythe Harris, regardless whether that’s her real name or not, was stripped of personhood by Miller. She was just another nameless, dehumanized blogger instead of a reader and reviewer with a name and a style and fans. She was lumped in with all the other bloggers…
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