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Lee Siegel, Official Internet Expert

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Noticed this morning that—in the long-tail wake of the January publication of his screed Against the Machine, on the horrors of the blog-infested Internet—culture writer Lee Siegel was being described as an "Internet culture critic" and being allowed to opine on the state of newspapers in the digital age. (Siegel: "There needs to be a Pauline Kael of the Internet. People need to write critically about this thing." Yes, if only anyone ever did that!) In any event, the newly minted expert Siegel, according to Nielsen BookScan, has sold 3,400 copies of his book in the six months since its release.

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