This Is Called Contempt

March 16, 2009

Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

Mr. Brooks said that when people who say they don’t like science fiction enjoy a film like “Star Wars,” they don’t think it’s science fiction; they think it’s a good movie.

“We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi,” Mr. Brooks said. “It’s somewhat cooler and better than the name ‘Science Fiction.’ But even the name Sci Fi is limiting.”

Well now wait one damned minute here.

You knew what the hell the connotations of “Sci Fi” were, yet you created a channel despite the fact you hated the very people who would flock to watch it?

Now I understand why the channel turned into shit in the 90s and I tuned out:

We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction

This is the attitude that’s sending newspaper after newspaper into a death spiral.

This is the attitude that’s sinking traditional book publishing.

This is the attitude that’s sending us all into the abyss with a global Quadrillion dollar fraud.

This is the attitude that must be strangled to death and never, ever be allowed to live again.

You See? You See? Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

March 16, 2009

That classic line from twisted genius Edward D. Wood. Jr. perfectly characterizes what apparently transpired at a panel called New Think for Old Publishers at the SXSW conference.

Read these and laugh — or cry.

Booksquare: New Think? Not So Much

Medialoper: Traditional Publishers Crash (and Burn at) SXSW

William F. Aicher: Really New Think for Old Publishers

That last one I must quote from:

I want to discuss a bit the bigger point the publishing industry doesn’t seem to be getting — they no longer hold the keys to the kingdom.


The Puppy That Will Eat The Publishing Dog

March 16, 2009

Westport publisher has the ‘skinny’ on the credit card mess

Like Clover Leaf, thousands of other independent publishers have sprung up nationwide, said Terry Nathan, executive director of the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Independent Book Publishers Association, which was founded 25 years ago. Many of them share Randel’s preference for efficiency, Nathan said.

“The large publishing houses can’t react in time to trends and marketing needs,” he said.

Emphasis added by me.


More “Skinny On” books are coming this year. A book on success is set for a May debut, and one on federal income taxes is scheduled for publication this fall, Randel said, adding that the skinny series will be available digitally for the Kindle electronic reader and iPhone in the near future.

Emphasis added by me.


Why is it so difficult for the dying dinosaurs of print to see the time advantage of eBooks?