.Writer and Commentator P.J. O’Rourke, Interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 26 July 2010
RFE/RL: This week Facebook achieved 500 million users. Are you one of them?Read and watch the full interview at the link.
P.J. O'Rourke: No, I most certainly am not. Are there 500 million people with computers? I guess there must be.
RFE/RL: But it's a remarkable achievement, right?
O'Rourke: I guess so. You know, had you told me that 500 million people last week wrote their name on the bathroom wall with a magic marker I would be equally impressed by the number, but I don't think that I would be favorably impressed.
RFE/RL: You've been notoriously characterized as a technophobe. Is that unfair? Do you own a computer or do you use the Internet?
O'Rourke: I own a computer. I don't use the Internet very much. I'm not a technophobe. It just doesn't help me very much. Writing is a slow and a difficult process mentally. How you physically render the words onto a screen or a page doesn't help you. I'll give you this example. When words had to be carved into stone, with a chisel, you got the Ten Commandments. When the quill pen had been invented and you had to chase a goose around the yard and sharpen the pen and boil some ink and so on, you got Shakespeare. When the fountain pen came along, you got Henry James. When the typewriter came along, you got Jack Kerouac. And now that we have the computer, we have Facebook. Are you seeing a trend here?"