Salon: Paulina Borsook to Eric Raymond: Don't you Kakutani me!
Jun 30, 2000, 14:45 (12 Talkback[s])
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"On June 28, Eric Raymond, a geek cultural anthropologist and
open-source software evangelist, responded in literary force to an
assault on geek social values launched by New York Times cultural
critic Michiko Kakutani on June 27. In his riposte, Raymond
denounced both Kakutani and "Cyberselfish" author Paulina Borsook,
whose analysis of libertarian geek society was amply quoted by
Kakutani. Today, Borsook takes the stand in her own
"There seems to have been a subject-object confusion going on.
My name is not Michiko Kakutani, I do not work for the New York
Times, I have never written for the New York Times and I was just
as much subjected to her critical gaze as you were. I am sure she
would be as puzzled as I am that you equate her ideas and writing
"Some of my best friends are technolibertarian. How many of
yours are bookish lefty feminists...?"