Apparently there was an online event held today called Publishing Business Virtual Conference & Expo.
Two really bizarre tweets came out of that and I can’t resist commenting.
The first one:
Jane Friedman has been a significant person in print publishing. I mentioned her new venture in this post.
What makes it all worse is this second pronouncement from her:
Has Jane Friedman ever actually used the Internet?
The so-called “sanctity” of reading is violated every day!
Here’s a post that does it.
Here’s one of my own posts that does it.
Both posts have YouTube videos embedded in them. Both posts demand that you stop the “sanctity of reading” and watch video.
In fact, if you ignore the videos in both posts, vital information — the entire point of the posts — is eviscerated.
To think that digital books cannot integrate video as part of the work of art (or even as a work of entertainment) is simply an admission of having an imagination inadequate to the new realities surrounding us.
Such publishers will be scorned by artists who can do it.
And then, once they’ve been shown how it’s done, the pile-on of imitative crap will begin.
Maybe even Jane Friedman will publish some of that.
Because it sure sounds like she’s not going to be at the forefront of it!
And, um, Jane? If reading is so “sacrosanct” — if there should never, ever be any “distraction” from the words — why is the first school book I recall this one?
See Jane be silly!
Silly, Jane! Silly!