Social media and online comments 'causing writers to self-censor'
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 21/08/2012 23:05
Instant feedback via social networking sites such as Twitter is encouraging a culture of self-censorship that threatens to stifle literary endeavour, the multi-award-winning author Patrick Ness has said.
"Instead of bringing us all together in an omnipresent, multi-faceted discussion, the internet instead has made sectarianism an almost default position. The nature of mass debate has become solely binary," he said.
Addressing the Edinburgh world writers' conference, Ness spoke of the fear of having words "misappropriated, misquoted or badly paraphrased" on Twitter.