Locurile comune iau o pauză din motive obiective. Mihnea Măruță:

Suntem o redacţie destul de mică, în comparaţie cu echipele clasice de cotidian tipărit. Şi zic asta pentru că ne propunem ca orice articol pe care-l publicăm să stârnească interesul cititorilor de limbă română, oriunde în lume.

Aşa ne vom alege subiectele (şi, deci, nu vom miza pe cantitate): cu dorinţa ca fiecare text să fie relevant, sau măcar interesant, indiferent dacă trăiţi la Cluj, la Bucureşti sau în Honolulu. Ceea ce ne uneşte este limba română.

Dacă aveți chef de citit, o să țin pe PressOne o rubrică de recomandări zilnice, poate un pic mai mundane decât cele de aici, dar în același spirit de a da mai departe lucruri care merită citite.

Tot pe PressOne fac în fiecare dimineață de luni până vineri Revista Pressei pentru cei care n-au ore întregi de pierdut ca să înțeleagă ce se mai întâmplă prin țară și prin lume.

I’ll be back!

Să încetăm să ne lamentăm!

Adevărul e însă că n-o duc strălucit. Lumea s-a schimbat neverosimil de când nu mai ești. Autoritatea a murit o dată cu apariția Internetului, a accesului gratuit la informație și a noilor generații, care contestă orice, oriunde, oricând.

A dispărut și meseria pe care o practicam, întrucât azi poate să scrie toată lumea – o, dacă ai vedea cum e presa azi!… – și am rămas fără slujbă. Trăiesc în continuare din scris, așa cum o făceam și în ultima ta lună, când ai admis, în premieră, că ar putea fi, totuși, ceva de capul meu. Și de cariera mea.

Horia Ghibuțiu – Scrisoare către tata

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And it is, as we have already noted, the dailies of the cities which carry the burden of bringing distant news to the private citizen. But it is not primarily their political and social news which holds the circulation. The interest in that is intermittent, and few publishers can bank on it alone. The newspaper, therefore, takes to itself a variety of other features, all primarily designed to hold a body of readers together, who so far as big news is concerned, are not able to be critical. They go to the dazzling levels of society, to scandal and crime, to sports, pictures, actresses, advice to the lovelorn, highschool notes, women’s pages, buyer’s pages, cooking receipts, chess, whist, gardening, comic strips, thundering partisanship, not because publishers and editors are interested in everything but news, but because they have to find some way of holding on to that alleged host of passionately interested readers, who are supposed by some critics of the press to be clamoring for the truth and nothing but the truth.

Walter Lippmann – Public Opinion

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There are a lot of people in this industry that staying on top at any cost and they’ll find themselves telling stories they don’t actually care about because that’s the story that somebody else wants. And that to me is like a journey into hell. And I can see how it happens and let’s face it, there’s a lot of money in this industry. So it can happen.

David Simon – Here’s the Thing

Ne place să ne ofensăm

Outrage is a kind of drug, one that gives the illusion of involvement, of caring, when really derives its power from an emotional and informational distance that the stories themselves then strive to deepen, laying the groundwork for the next piece of outrage porn to do its work. And thus proceeds an addictive cycle. (…)

And I don’t know what to do about that. In my own life, and my own writing, I strive to follow the line from “Wargames” – “the only way to win is not to play.” As a consequence, outrage, like cheap vodka, which once seemed to reduce my inhibitions and make me feel strong and confident, now makes me feel a bit ill, and puts me to sleep.

Noah Millman – Fighting Outrage Porn Addiction

Ultimele zile ale lui Clive James

While James avoids lugubriousness, he does periodically remind us that he is in truly bad shape. In one of the later essays, he recalls a night at a hospital when the plastic bag taped to his leg to collect urine suddenly broke. He buzzed for the night nurse, who told the embarrassed James to stop apologizing. She then “set to mopping it up. She had a deformed body, with limbs all the wrong lengths. Life could never have been easy for her. But now she was making the end of life easier for me. It was a night to remember, and I haven’t forgotten it for a second. I can only hope that the sum total of my writings has been as useful to the world as her kindness, but I doubt that this is so.

Michael Dirda – Clive James’s ‘Last Readings’ review: A critic’s final homage to literature, life

Scrisul drept cadou

Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts. Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won’t — and if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But, ultimately, that doesn’t change anything — because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.

Brain Pickings – John Green’s Superb Advice to Aspiring Writers and Creators in the Digital Age

De ce scriem mai mult decât e cazul?

Why do people write more than they should, when most people find writing difficult? This may be because during their education, young writers are given a kind of assignment that may do lasting harm: they are told to write papers to minimum lengths. Most rookie writers do not have enough to say to fill the space easily, so they reach into a bag of terrible tricks: needless information, repetition, using long words where a short ones will do, three words where one will do, and so on. These habits persist.

The Economist – Briefly