Culture or Content

Maria Popova has a post at Brain Pickings this week that considers Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Against Interpretation” in lights of today’s culture, where the Internet is full of interpretations, increasingly mere reactions, in response to a body of material that is frequently understood as “content” rather than as experience or art. It seems impossible to take anything at face value when anything can instantly become the subject of a conversation involving thousands of people. What would Susan Sontag say to all of this, or would she say anything?