Often, academics find themselves in discussions about the media and new technologies and how all these gadgets and gizmos and things like the WWW have a negative impact on our intellectual lives.
I don't agree.
In just the last few days, I read about 18th century whore biographies on Jezebel, after having seen an excellent paper on Con Phillips by Caroline Breashears at the "Limits of the Book" conference in Brisbane (look Con Phillips up - it's worth it), and on Boing Boing, a piece about the Fortsas Hoax of 1840. There's been much more. There is a fair share of awful material online, but there's also a lively intellectual engagement with the past, present and future. The internet is as good as the people who supply it with material - and there's some really good people supplying it.