Meet Evgeny Morozov, bully of the week.
Think what you will about Jeff Jarvis and his latest book Public Parts, but you can’t call Evgeny Morozov’s “review” in the New Republic and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung a “review” except if you consider bona fide character assassinations to be a distinct and valuable category of criticism.
While I might not be his greatest fan, Jeff Jarvis is terrific at provoking people into exposing their 20th century mindsets—complete with booming and intimidating roars like Tyrannosaurus Rex, and equally ultimately futile and doomed. Vide Evgeny Morozov.
I really like Jarvis’s quip that Morozov’s hit job “has the air of history’s longest troll’s comment.”
Also, Morozov does not seem to be afraid of Freud when he deploys the term ”intellectual” a record 23 times and sends them out like a cohort of thugs.
Addendum: Okay, gloves are off, and this is not a review. (For good measure I will repeat it:) Think & say what you will about Jeff Jarvis’s Public Parts—there’s quite a lot there to argue with in a serious fashion. Go on and discuss it! It deserves it! But before you consider jumping on Morozov’s bandwagon, please check out Jarvis’s exhaustive reply, with ample quotes from his book. And if that’s not enough for you, then go on and read Morozov’s reply to Jarvis’s reply—the latter’s pretty much everything you ever need to know if you’re on a career path to becoming a first class troll, decorated with the Golden Infantility Diaper for Lifetime Achievement.