Soon, the Internet killed the television star and became the enabler of 140-character fashion-related missives. Menkes remarks that the "bitches have the advantage of speed," regarding what she elsewhere refers to as a one-way conversation by "keyboard, webcam, or Twitter feed." Plus, the public loves it. "You only have to look at TMZ and the responses to its 'we gotta ask' questions to [realize] that bitchiness is a sugar rush for readers." (Hold the iPhone: Menkes trolls TMZ? Does she have thoughts on Solange/Jay Z elevator-gate?) "And, all those increasingly torrid comments," she continues, "are in phase with the opportunities that digital and social media have created." Everybody knows you don't read the comments!
It's easy – too easy, really – to browse the blogosphere, Twitter, and/or TMZ, and conclude the Fashion Internet sucks. But, the World Wide Web allows established writers like Menkes, as well as newbies with insight (rewind to the Great Blogger Renaissance of 2009), to reach a broader audience. Fashion and the digital space make fantastic bedfellows. What were we doing before we could tweet at designers, watch livestreams of the Chanel Couture catwalk at 4:30 a.m. EST, or bag a CFDA Award for Excellence in Instagram? All of this promotes an informed community, or a Fully Briefed Brigade. So, while we certainly agree with the editor's "no bitching" mantra, we hope she eases up on the hate. The 'net contains many nice things, like kittens. Tons of kittens.