I haven’t had much to add to Bill and Emma Keller’s awful screeds about Lisa Boncheck Adams who blogs and tweets about her cancer treatment experiences–apparently, she doesn’t suffer the ‘right’ way–that isn’t contained in these two tweets:
Maureen O’Connor puts this a little more eloquently:
Emma, in a now-rescinded Guardian column, likened Lisa’s tweets to “funeral selfies,” and then fell into a series of rhetorical questions: “Should there be boundaries in this kind of experience? Is there such a thing as TMI?”
In the age of social media, when cell phones come with camera lenses optimized for selfies, that last question gets asked regularly. So I am going to answer it, once and for all: No. There is no such thing as TMI on the Internet. We are living in a post-TMI age, and everyone needs to deal with it. Preferably by using the “unfollow” button.
There is such a thing as too much information for you. There is such a thing as information the speaker will later regret. But if an audience is willingly and pleasurably consuming the information, then by definition, that is the right amount of information for them.
I would only add that the really weird thing is that the Kellers, especially Bill Keller, turned into blog commenters–a specific type of commenter. You’re familiar with the type: the one who sees a trigger word, and BARGLE! BARGLE! BARGLE! Bill Keller saw “hospice”, flashbacked to his father-in-law and out popped a column that was, at best, tangential to what Bonchek Adams was writing about. I’m ok with that in a comments section–you get what you pay for, which is to say not much. But I’m a NY Times subscriber, and I still can’t believe I paid money for Keller’s crap.
Lo, there are assholes and they walk among us….