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18/02/2013

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PhilGreaney

Focussing on your point about oversharing without a more general significance, I think sometimes people do that as a shortcut to encourage engagement. It reminds me of the narrator of a short story called 'Rain Check' by Frederick Barthelme, where he says:

''Hoping for quick intimacy, I start telling Lucille things I'm afraid of''

at the beginning of their (disastrous) blind date. It's a quick way of encouraging people to engage online but - as this example suggests - it can often be empty.

Your point about accepting feedback also struck a chord in me as someone interested in the authorial function/role in writing online. I read Charlie Brooker the other day say that comments BTL (below the line) are the worst things that happened to newspapers online; and several Twitter colleagues agreed. I think they're one of the best - and authors and creator need to understand this, alongside the notion that their 'audience' is potentially far broader and more visibly engaged that they might have thought previously. Probably stating the bleedin' obvious but still...

And as for the notion of the success drying up when richer - well, has it even been better and more succinctly expressed than in The White Stripes' 'Little Room'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OqveSybH0A

"Well you're in your little room
And you're working on something good
But if it's really good
You're gonna need a bigger room
And when you're in the bigger room
You might not know what to do
You might have to think of
How you got started in your little room"

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