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Among The Disrupted

In this Sunday, June 9, 2013 photo, Leon Wieseltier,.intellectual and philosopher who has been the literary editor of The New
In this Sunday, June 9, 2013 photo, Leon Wieseltier,.intellectual and philosopher who has been the literary editor of The New Republic for more than three decades, poses for a photograph in Tel Aviv, Israel. Wieseltier has been a leading supporter of Israel in Jewish American intellectual circles. But the U.S.-based author now fears the country’s survival may be in jeopardy and says much of the blame lies with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Amid the bacchanal of disruption, let us pause to honor the disrupted. The streets of American cities are haunted by the ghosts of bookstores and record stores, which have been destroyed by the greatest thugs in the history of the culture industry. Writers hover between a decent poverty and an indecent one; they are expected to render the fruits of their labors for little and even for nothing, and all the miracles of electronic dissemination somehow do not suffice for compensation, either of the fiscal or the spiritual kind. Everybody talks frantically about media, a second-order subject if ever there was one, as content disappears into “content.” What does the understanding of media contribute to the understanding of life?

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