Thursday, July 14, 2011

A live feed from the new Depression

It's strange but seems really important that Americans now can be both poor and plugged in -- that lots of people who have dire stories to tell are able to publish them directly. For example, via The Awl, here's a Tumblr page full of stories from able writers who describe their own experiences in unemployment.

Possible to hope that the reduced distance between tellers and readers of stories could reduce public tolerance, this time around, for romanticizing distortions like those of Dorothea Lange's 1930s "realist" photography. Jonathan Raban dissects surrounding moral pitfalls of the Noble Savage type in his 2009 essay, "American Pastoral". Worth a read, worth several thoughts.

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