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 Post subject: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Emily Thorburn returns with her latest article for Winterwind.

http://www.winterwind-productions.com/feature_articles/its_just_a_book/

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 Post subject: Re: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
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Strangely enough, I equally get annoyed with the "its just books/writing" bit.

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 Post subject: Re: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
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Well, folks like us would. And do. :)

And it's always a pleasure having you grace our pages, Emily.


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 Post subject: Re: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
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Is this where I put on my asbestos suit?

Because I believe in 99.99% of cases, it is indeed "just" a book. The "masterpieces" that are worthy of consideration and inspires profound thought are as rare as a truth in an election campaign. Sorting the nuggets from the grains is a daunting task and in todays quagmire of social media and its stupefying impact, most things worth considering get's drowned in a tsunami of white noise and written diarrhea.

It probably does take a scholarship and serious academic study to recognize good literature from the mass produced filler stuff these days (unfortunately).

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 Post subject: Re: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
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Emily's point goes a bit deeper in that while the book in question may not be particularly good and not worth the paper it's printed on, the idea of a book, what it is, what it conveys, either an idea or at least an attempt at encouraging basic literacy, a form of communication, is important.

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It probably does take a scholarship and serious academic study to recognize good literature from the mass produced filler stuff these days (unfortunately).


Ha! Not hardly.


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 Post subject: Re: It's Just A Book by Emily Thorburn
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Sure about that?

Who else would have the time and inclination to sort the quality stuff from the mental junk food?

I'll probably disagree on being in "book" form automatically adds any worth to it (or makes it worthy of any extra consideration).

It's a media. No more, no less. Song, painting and oratory can do the same. It requires different skills, but in the end serves the same purposes. You want to sell a message to somebody else and get them to acknowledge it. What you wrap it up in may be different, but the message is still "just" a message regardless of the conveyance mechanism.

The message matters to me, not the trappings of it. Unfortunately I just find a lot of messages... better left forgotten. Distribution becoming easily accessible to a lot of people means that a lot more messages gets passed around and there is no longer a "threshold" weeding out at least the most cringeworthy. Skills at selling the message has become more vital than the quality of the message itself. Otherwise, how would you explain the Twilight books and Justin Bieber?

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