Friday, August 3, 2012

Loveyoudivineeurotica.com, Are Bloggers Considered Journalists, and That IDIOT Who Pulled Up To Chick-fil-a To Bully a Worker

There's a new web site for the global market e-book market being launched today. The web address is Loveyoudivineeurotica.com, and it's part of Loveyoudivine.com, an e-publisher that has been around for a long time now. I still have a lot of my fiction being released with loveyoudivine, and I've been working with them for close to seven years. There are links to author web sites, a full list of titles, and the site seems simple to navigate.

What I like about the new site is there seems to be a lot of added information a lot of publisher web sites don't explain to readers:

Ebooks are an evolving medium and though the Kindle dominates the market, many people choose to read ebooks on their laptop, pc or smartphone. We sell pdfs which are widely accessible to most people. If you wish to convert from one type of ebook to another, or even create your own, we recommend a free download called Calibre.

You can get there from here.

Are Bloggers Considered Journalists?

One thing that seriously aggravates me about the Internet sometimes is when I see a blogger pretending to be a journalist without knowing the first thing about journalism. I don't consider myself a journalist with this blog, and I have a degree in English with a concentration in journalism. I've even worked for newspapers in the past, and I still don't consider this blog an attempt at journalism...nor do I want it to be.

And yet I see it time and again, and I see people getting it wrong. What truly irritated me yesterday was when I read a post where a blogger who has a large following (for no apparent reason, other than the fact that he mixes a mean pitcher of Kool Aide) made a statement that now we can all be considered journalists just because we have blogs. I don't agree with this. I do agree that some bloggers are journalists, but certainly not all.

There was a case with a blogger last year where a judge ruled that she was NOT a journalist, and he took some heat for it. He eventually clarified his stand and said this:

In my discussion, I did not state that a person who ‘blogs’ could never be considered ‘media.’ I also did not state that to be considered ‘media,’ one had to possess all or most of the characteristics I recited.

You can read more about it here, here, and here.

In a general sense, I don't think these cases are going to disappear. I think the judge was fair and he ruled well. In fact, I only see more coming in the future. So if you are a blogger I would suggest you define your blog with care, and pay attention to every single thing you put in writing. It does not go away...EVER.

One of the things I've been paying a great deal of attention to are the blogs with these loud mouths who accuse people of plagiarism and all kinds of vicious things without knowing facts or details...or even giving credible sources. I have a feeling one of these days these dear vacuous bloggers are going to wind up in court paying for their strong opinions. They've been getting a free pass for a long time. But that's going to change.

The IDIOT who pulled up to Chick-fil-a and bullied a worker.

I've made it no secret that I think Chick-fil-a is taking the wrong stand with the same sex marriage issue. How could I think otherwise? But I also respect their right to practice what they believe. I just don't agree with them.

I also don't agree with the guy who pulled up to the drive-thru window at Chick-fil-a and bullied an employee about the issue. That's not something I would have done, and it's not something that anyone working in any service job should have to deal with. That guy showed the kind of arrogance that makes me want to go right for the jugular. I think the woman handled herself very well. If I'd been working in that drive-thru that free water the guy ordered earlier would have been all over his head.


2 comments:

T.D. McFrost said...

I don't consider myself a journalist either, despite that profession being my day job. :)

I blog because I want to connect with other people who share my views and, in turn, express mine. That's all. I do see a lot of bloggers 'shout' their opinions a little too loudly and I don't agree with that method. Thankfully, no one I follow is like that.

Now this whole chic-fil-a thing is bonkers if you ask me. It makes no sense fighting total ignorance and douch-ness with more douch-ness and hate. The company and its owners believe in what they believe in, that's fine--as long as it doesn't hamper the efforts of the LGBT community with regard to same sex marriage.

What this dude did is wrong and firing him was warranted, if not required.

I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even if it isn't something you'd like to hear. So as long as that opinion doesn't affect you or your goals, then let them be.

ryan field said...

I agree. What he did to that poor woman was a shame. I'm not going to go to Chick-fil-a anytime soon, but I'm also not going to bully their staff either.