Mandy Brown on Advertising on the Web

Mandy Brown on Writing, Reading and Advertising on the Web

Wasn’t there a promise that we could generate money and meaning, not merely the former?

My guess is that most of the writers whom I habitually read would chose to generate meaning over money if forced to chose. I certainly would.

William Faulkner once said:

Really the writer doesn’t want success. […] He knows he has a short span of life, and that the day will come when he must pass through the wall of oblivion, and he wants to leave a scratch on that wall — Kilroy was here — that somebody a hunderd, or a thousand years later will see.

Mandy is right that advertisers will continue to invent new tricks to make money and distract the reader. Fortunately, there are also people who will continue to write with mustard and keep the reading experience on the web in tact.

(Via DF)

Mandy Brown on Advertising on the Web