Apr 17 2012
Tuesday Midday Links and Deals: Clarifying City Mom’s Authorial Status; Scholarly Papers Regarding Online Reviews
Yesterday, I referred to City Mom blogger, Kim Strickland, at Chicago Now as a “self published author”. According to Ms. Strickland, that is libelous as she is not a self published author as her work was acquired by traditional publishers. I’m not sure how calling her “self published” is libelous. I asked for clarification but received no response. I also asked whether she thought it was misleading to attempt to chop up reviews to make it look like a publication was endorsing her work when it was not, but she said that what she thought was not important when I was being “libelous.” Therefore, allow me to correct my error from yesterday. City Mom blogger is an attempted self published author who wanked about the inability to cull quotable pieces from the Publishers’ Weekly reviews of self published books. She never self published.
Let’s recap. Ms. Strickland is unhappy that she can’t turn a bad review into a disingenuous quote making it seem that PW is actually endorsing works when it is not. She is also unhappy being referred to as a self published author, as if that is a bad thing. She is not a self published author. She thought about it, even paid money to be included in a PW issue as a self published author, but she is not one. And clearly doesn’t want to be identified as one. But she is an author who feels it is perfectly okay to obscure the truth about what review sites have to say about her book.
“Yet, it remains that Roiphe speaks loudly and carries a big pen. Her views tend to go long because they sync up with existing sexist tropes and limited, gender-biased views on sexuality. Gloria Feldt, author of the book No-Excuses, observes that “co-option is rampant on all sides of this equation. It is so damn hard to change a culture while you’re living in it. The rewards of living within the patriarchal narrative are so high and the benefits of bucking it so low for most people.”
“A word-of-mouth recommendation or warning invariably impacts upon the opinion of the recipient of the information. But it forces the storyteller to reconsider the event in detail, softening the experience. If you’re talking about a great restaurant, for instance, it will make you spot the tiny flaws you didn’t think about at the time. On the flip side, if you’re recalling a bad dining experience, it might make you more likely to give the venue the benefit of the doubt. The concept extends to your love life, too.”
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he was told by conference organisers [Fordham IP China Conference] to talk about three things: the languishing Google Books litigation he has presided over since 2005, cloud computing and his recent trip to China. Of the Google Books case, Chin said simply: “It does not seem those negotiations have gone anywhere.
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I really liked this series but be warned, the first book ends in a cliffhanger and you have to read all three to get a full flavor. Plus, I really wanted more at the end of the third book.