Jan 15 2009
- Six degrees of separation theory was a fraud. Stanley Milgram, a controversial psychologist, coined this term after asking “people to give a letter to other people they knew by name, then he tracked how long it took for each letter to end up in the hands of a person the original sender didn’t know in another city. He reported that the average number of people it took to get from the sender to an unknown person was six. Hence, the phrase “six degrees of separation.” But apparently no one ever bothered to look into his data, until now.” (Thanks bec).
- New Yorker gives a rundown on how to market films to different markets. Over 30 women are a tough and discriminating crowd. Via Jezebel. (Thanks bec).
- Walt Mossberg, uber Apple fan boy and voice of the Wall Street Journal digital section, reviews Scroll Motion and Shortcovers, two iPhone applications designed to bring more original fiction to the iPhone reader. Curiously, Mossberg fails to mention that Scrollmotion books have been pulled because of some kind of DRM security flaw and that ScrollMotion had priced its books in excess of the print versions of the books. I.e., Brisingr in hardcover is a pricey $27.50 but to have it on your iPhone via ScrollMotion, it would cost you $27.99. (Thanks K Sisk.)
- Random House has completed its reorganization and laid off editors including Del Rey editor, Liz Scheier.
- South Carolina wants to outlaw your First Amendment rights. Writers should be concerned:
According to the bill it would become a felony (punishable by a fine up to $5000 or up to 5 years in prison) to ‘publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature.’