Why don’t people give a shit anymore?
Joan Westenberg 🌈

Oh, Sure. Blame the Internet. That Never Gets Old.

I’m not convinced that people suddenly stopped giving a shit because of the Internet. I started writing before I got my first email address back in 1996. People didn’t give a shit before I got on the net.

Before the net, the easy way to needle a writer was to tell them, “Your work is shit, and you’ll never get published.” These days, you can tell them, “Your work is shit, and nobody will ever read you.” It amounts to the same thing.

Unfortunately for all the people who don’t give a shit, I don’t give a shit either. I don’t write for them. I write for myself. I write the stories I want to see in print, and everybody else can damned well take a number and await their turn to lick my taint.