Why Press the ‘Publish’ Button?

In thinking about ways that the internet is changing writing, Colin Walker asks: what exactly happens in a person’s mind when they push the ‘publish now’ button? Why make one’s words public? Writing privately, as a way of life, might be a means of self-development. Maintaining a personal archive of thoughts for future reference is …

Conversations

You and I find ourselves sitting in a pub. Within earshot, we can faintly overhear two other conversations. One conversation sounds like a rigorous dialogue between two intellectuals. The level of their discourse renders you and I as curious laypersons. We admire their knowledge and academic prowess in the field of their expertise (even if …