Frederick Barthelme of MississippiReview.com, Shauna McKenna of Pindeldyboz, Jackie Corley of Word Riot, Matt Borondy of Identity Theory and other editors of online literary magazines discuss the manifestations of the short story form on the Internet in brief interviews at The Danforth Review. Says Barthelme:
While [the ease of publishing online] may bring some crap to the fore, publishing on the Internet also brings out into the public eye lots of strange and wonderful stuff, a lot of stuff that Knopf is not going to publish, but which, in its own peculiar and isolated way is symptomatic and revelatory, and tells us about our world in a way we might not hear through other channels. Art communicating with us in its own way using whatever means are available. . . .
Publishing is a mess, now more than ever. Most of what is published is not very good, and this applies equally to the crap books we could all identify, and to the “literary” books that are very often touted in the literary press, in reviews, etc. . . .
By contrast, a lot of web sites do very interesting but very small scale stuff. It’s detailed, it’s focused, it’s very self-aware. A lot of it is funny (by contrast, print publishing is like television, the funny stuff gets worn away by the time it gets to the screen, because only the broadest stuff really counts).”
(Thanks to Corin for the link.)