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Submission + - Ray Bradbury Hates the Internet ( 1

untorqued writes: The New York Times recently ran an article about Ray Bradbury. A longtime fan of libraries, he's recently been raising money to help bridge the budget gap for a library in Ventura, California.. He's no fan of the Internet, though:

"The Internet is a big distraction," Mr. Bradbury barked from his perch in his house in Los Angeles, which is stuffed silly with enormous stuffed animals, videos, DVD's, wooden toys, photographs and books, with things like the National Medal of Arts sort of tossed on a table. "Yahoo called me eight weeks ago," he said, voice rising. "They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? 'To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet.' " "It's distracting," he continued. "It's meaningless, it's not real. It's in the air somewhere." A Yahoo spokeswoman said it was impossible to verify Mr. Bradbury's account without more details.

At least he used the singular forms of Yahoo and Internet.

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Ray Bradbury Hates the Internet

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  • "It's meaningless, it's not real. It's in the air somewhere."

    He hates the Internet because "it's not real?" I've read The Martian Chronicles. You know what? It's not real. Should I hate it? Should I hate "rocket summer" because it's not a real effect? Should I hate his description of bird-propelled "sailboats" because they're not real?

    The Internet is far more real than anything he ever wrote in his whole career. I've read quite a few of his books but I am quite surprised by his summation of the Interne

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