Let Them Eat Cake—The Slow Death of The Old Paradigm Author
April 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Three days ago, The New York Times published a rather doomsday on-line article written by Scott Turow (current head of the Authors Guild), titled The Slow Death of the American Author . I must admit this is a great title, guaranteed to scare the pants off the best of us. In fact, I received so many frightened e-mails from writers who wanted me to address this article, that I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer my analysis of Turow’s assertions.
Turow is Absolutely Correct
There is a slow death of the American Author…of the Old Paradigm.
What Turow doesn’t appear to grasp is that technology, particularly communication technology exacts sweeping cultural change that cannot be reversed (short of war or global apocalypse). Most modern humans aren’t going to trade in their flatscreens and XBoxes for a “good old-fashioned story told by the fire.”
“Technological change is neither additive nor…
View original post 1,920 more words