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Keith Gessen Is The Internet

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

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The race to the bottom of the too-cool-for-school intellectual barrel has been terribly exciting this week. For those not tracking the ins and outs of New York "intellectual culture," which isn't particularly either, a panel took place this week at The Kitchen, during which members of n+1 discussed "The Internet" with Moe Tkacik, who represents (a little early!) the fourth wave of confessional feminism. This was tied to a catfight that somehow involves Gawker, invasiveness, public and private life (though not yet in legal terms), the citizenry's ability to comprehend paragraphs of longer than two sentences and what heterosexual is sleeping with which other heterosexual on any given weekend. And also which of six Ivy League schools everyone happened to attend while or before they were sleeping with any particular heterosexual. But today, things get serious.

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