Douglas Coupland on bloggers, YouTube and Bubble 2.0

Douglas Coupland on bloggers, YouTube and Bubble 2.0

Coupland: “For about four months back in the 90s I kept what was once called a diary, and I enjoyed doing it but what happened was – and I think this is a very common response – is when you start living your life inside your diary you become quite mercenary, and it’s all about ‘will this make a good entry?’

Suddenly your life becomes that Warholian thing where every moment of your life should be something you can sell, you’re always taking pictures, taping everything, and then I think it’s just psychologically strange…”

“.. Earlier, in a brief book reading to fans at the Austin Conference Center which hosts the show, the author voiced his own fears that everything he said would end up in a mash-up on YouTube, but even an established artist and tech cynic is not invulnerable to the internet’s tempting outlet for more of our thoughts and ideas. Coupland’s next novel, The Gum Thief, comes out this Autumn. He has registered its two lead characters’ domain names and is building mock personal websites as a side project. “The book comes first though,” he was quick to insist…”

(Via The Register.)

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