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March 8, 2004
What is writing without an audience? The internet has forever altered the ontology of text, the act of composition, by creating an undefined area set between private and public writing. Once there was an idea of the private, of writing for oneself – there were diaries, letters that one never intended on sending, poems one never meant to share. Then there was the public – books, essays, letters to a lover, advertisements, notices. There was either the presence or the absence of an audience, a viewer – now that audience is unknown. One merely accepts that ones work might be read. Or not.