Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sports Radio on the Damage... WDSDDDDDD New Jersey
I need to start looking at the publishing news and Twitter the way I look at Sports Talk Radio.
If you didn't know, I'm somewhat of a sports junkie. I am a Giants fan, a Yankees fan and a Rutgers athletics fan. When I was younger, I got caught up in Sports Talk Radio. Used to listen to it all the time, hoping to catch some glimpse of news. Some nugget that got me to look forward to the upcoming game even more.
But, usually what you get is a bunch of nonsense. A bunch of people calling up the stations, with little knowledge spouting off about whatever they can. Usually the calls would boil down to "NOooooooOOOooo, JETER." People would call to argue with the host... just to argue.
And that's what Twitter, Facebook, and blogs have done to publishing. Every day there's a new publishing controversy (well, more like every two weeks), and even if it's something small... people try to blow it up. People argue just to argue. And mostly what it boils down to is "NOooooooOOOooo, E-books!"
And for a while, I got really irritated. This wasn't what I wanted to see. I wanted real news. I wanted something to discuss intelligently.
But it wasn't coming.
It was just people shouting into the wind.
So I've decided to do what I do with sports talk radio. Unless someone I really trust... someone in the business has something to say (think... an interview with Phil Simms), I look at it with an eye to comedy. It's funny.
So, people, the thing is... it's just publishing. Long term? It's going to work itself out. There's no need to panic.
They're going to figure it out.
And if not?
You'll be putting out some shoddily edited e-book.
And keep making me laugh.