What I find disconcerting is how many young writers are very reasonable and sane in their approach
Has Everett True simply out-lived his purpose? WTF.
Web culture is driven by the impulse to differentiate oneself, so there is a lot less cultural capital to be generated from agreeing than there is from disagreeing.
The ability not just to make words stick to a page/screen but give them a sense of life, make them walk and talk with your own spirit – s’tricky and the best music critics have always done it.
Engage, argue, inform, irritate … but above all entertain.
I regard a critic as someone who values curiosity over cultural complacency, and knows how to enable this as a practice in others
Trolling is a rhetorical strategy that attempts to discredit the conversation or speaker as absurd/obvious or otherwise shift the topic towards some other element of an argument than the one being addressed.