Harper’s Publisher Doesn’t Mind ‘Weblogs,’ Still Hates Internet


By Chris O'Shea Comment

John MacArthur, Harper’s publisher, still doesn’t consider Internet-based writing worthwhile. MacArthur is well known for his “all or nothing” (and it’s mostly nothing) approach to the web — the magazine has only been online since 2004, and it has always been locked behind a rigid paywall.

MacArthur told The New York Times that with more companies launching paywalls and some even debuting print products, he feels his view of the Internet has been validated.

In case you forgot what that view was, it’s that writers whose work lives online are shit.

“I’ve got nothing against people getting on their weblogs, on the Internet and blowing off steam,” MacArthur told the Times. “If they want to do that, that’s fine. But it doesn’t pass, in my opinion, for writing and journalism.”

Nothing against you weblog writers, but you’re not writers!

If you’re one of those people, don’t get too upset. Keep in mind that this is all coming from a man who does stuff like this:

On several occasions during a recent interview, he could not quite remember a fact that supported a point. His version of searching for it on Google was yelling to a staff member, who hurried to deliver the information.