Human Hot Spots

On his Facebook page Jay Rosen writes: “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got is so simple, so artless, so ordinary-sounding that it took me many years to realize how valuable it was. It was something Norman Mailer said that he got from the critic Dwight MacDonald. He said that Macdonald had given him an essential clue as a critic, which was: ‘Look to the feel of the phenomenon. If it feels bad, it is bad.’ This seems relevant to the story [about] [t]urning homeless people into WiFi hot spots at South by Southwest. Yes, it actually happened. Feels bad. Is bad. Just a bad idea.”

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