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February 10, 2012

On Jarvis

I missed this in October, but Evgeny Morozov’s takedown of Jeff Jarvis’ recent book is just. fucking. fantastic.

Had Jarvis written his book as self-parody—as a cunning attack on the narrow-mindedness of new media academics who trade in pronouncements so pompous, ahistorical, and vacuous that even the nastiest of post-modernists appear lucid and sensible in comparison—it would have been a remarkable accomplishment. But alas, he is serious. This is a book that should have stayed a tweet.