A Joyce Carol Oates Quote on Social Media

It’s a little surprising to me that social media have turned out to be kind of prissy and prim and politically correct.

Joyce Carol Oates, writer of countless books of fiction, plays, poetry, and nonfiction, made this statement in response to the furor caused by her series of tweets that seems to question whether religion has played a role in Egypt’s “epidemic” of sexual abuse and rape. In his New York Times piece, Tweeting Toward Sacrilege, op-ed columnist Frank Bruni says Oates “isn’t sure why a format seemingly designed for uncensored, spontaneous, imprecise musings, not nuanced manifestoes, should become grist for such outrage.”

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