Everyman's Library of Failure

Among the flakier delusions spawned by digital technology is that everything it makes possible is exciting and virtuous. Thus, people who lack all aptitude for writing rejoice in their freedom to blog their obsessions, often illiterately, to tiny audiences. Some imagine that their habit confers upon them the title of "citizen journalist" and believe that they are partisans in a revolutionary movement. Unsurprisingly, the notion that self-expression, no matter how inane, should be shared has…