"Two I heard calling their parents."
Life in new media, as tweeted by the pseudonymous Media Man, who might be reporting from behind the scenes and might be a comic writer guessing about what it's like. What difference does it make anyway?
Writing and eyeing the statistics about your readership — how awful is it? Some writers are writing only for themselves. These are the diarists who don't even dream that some day their words will be published. In new media, you see the readership stats immediately, and you can avoid ever looking and think that you're being truer, more genuine than those other people who want to know. You can look a little and enjoy the side game. Oh! I have some readers!
It's a long continuum, and at one extreme, you have the websites that are entirely premised on getting traffic and that hire young people and pressure them constantly to write for traffic. These young people collect their pay and know the nature of their work. It's a grueling sell-out job for some and maybe an exhilarating sport for others. Should we cry for the writers who take a job they can't hack? Or do we say why don't you wait tables or drive a cab while you write your truly genuine scribblings if you think they matter (even if they only matter to you)?
The real question is why anyone reads anything that's produced in the sick climate of new media? I'd like to think the answer is: Because there is this one blogger, who has always only said what she really thinks, and let the traffic fall where it may....