Municipalist, a blogger who blogs about, um, blogging, banishes Gould from its dominion: "[T]he Emily Goulds of the world have every right to blog and blog and blog, about their boyfriends and breakups and tatoos. But someday, soon we believe, 'blogging' and the 'blogosphere' will mean something completely new. It will mean problem solving and coalition building. It won't mean ranting, and pointless anonymous comments, etc. And it won't mean Emily Gould."
Peter Suderman, guest blogging for Megan McArdle,is more lenient: "The combined lure of easy content and personal attention is tough to resist; Gould didn't, and the distinction between her online life and everything essentially disappeared. The author and the subject became one. Does Gould deserve criticism for this? Perhaps. But it's also a function of the medium -- its pace, its content demands, and even its readers, who encourage personal revelation. The blogosphere always pulls this way. It's magnetized toward self-obsession."
Daily Intel, New York magazine's blog, writes: "Millions of people blog, many of them about themselves. But if past work is anything to judge by, we're not going to be reading about them this weekend. Except for the ones Gould slept with." Rachel Sklar, in a lengthy takedown at the Huffington Post's Eat the Press, concludes: "Not everyone navel-gazes so completely, or uses the pronoun 'I'so reflexively — there are many people doing great work online writing on topics other than themselves. Sometimes, Gould is even one of them; alas, not this time."
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