Is Online Life Real Life? Ask E.L. James. No, Ask Chuck Wendig

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One Big Gray (Not Grey) Area

Online is IRL.

It’s all real.

This is all really happening.

We’re all (mostly) really actually people. Not robots or bugs or swamp monsters.

It’s not a show, no matter how much we want it to be.

That’s the author Chuck Wendig, wrapping up what he seems to have thought would be his one post on the PR hair-tearer #AskELJames. But a funny thing happened on the way to today: Wendig wrote another piece, basically climbing down from his first one.

Confused? So are many commenters at his hugely popular TerribleMinds.com blog site. You can see more than 100 baffled comments following his second piece here.

The incident seems to give us a chance to peer — granted, without much hope of seeing through it — into the big, gray area that online public discourse has become, so often wracked with hostility…

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One thought on “Is Online Life Real Life? Ask E.L. James. No, Ask Chuck Wendig

  1. Being English I read his response as sarcastic—our go-to mode when criticised, I guess.
    I liked what he said originally. The response was maybe a little touchy. Comments on his site seemed positive to me.

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