Sunday, January 5, 2014

Goodreads 25 Million; Ken Doll Porn; Cher Marks Her Territory

Goodreads 25 Million

According to this article in galleycat, Goodreads.com, a social network for readers, authors, publishers and anything book related, topped 25 million users this past year.

Amazon’s social reading platform Goodreads now has 25 million members, almost double the number of members that it had at this time last year.

I think this is interesting for several reasons. One, there was a firestorm over book reviews and alleged bullying over the past year and a half at goodreads and I followed it haphazardly out of curiosity. Some didn't like what goodreads did and vowed to delete their accounts and never return. I don't go there often so I don't know the details. Evidently, this drama had a minor impact on goodreads or Amazon and whatever happened there didn't seem to affect the millions of people who are just beginning to really take the Internet seriously. Many of us who have been working and blogging and interacting online for the past ten years often take for granted that everyone is just like us. But if you go into a supermarket anywhere in the US and you question people about goodreads most still won't know what you're talking about and I would bet none would know there was even a discussion about book reviews, bullying, and goodreads. I'm not trying to diminish either side of the argument. I'm just being realistic.

Second, I'd like to know how they gather this information about 25 millions users. Is it 25 million individual users? Or is it based upon a quarter of that amount with most users signing up with multiple accounts and fake identities? C'mon. Like that doesn't happen? Ha!! Something doesn't make sense to me. And if it doesn't make sense the odds are it's questionable.

You can read more hype here. I have nothing against goodreads. I just don't have the time I wish I had to go there and actively participate as much as I'd like to. The few times I've been in book give-aways there it's always bothered me that the US members are usually the only readers who are able to participate. Why can't it be global? I do global give-aways here whenever I do a blog hop.

 Ken Doll Porn

The other day I reviewed the film, Don Jon, and mentioned in the review how the main character's girlfriend went BERserk when she caught him watching porn. So when I saw this link and watched how the main character's girlfriend in this clip reacted to him having sex with a Ken doll it reminded me of Don Jon. It could almost parody Don Jon.

Cannot stop laughing! Mancast.com  tipped us off to this masterpiece. This dude is one of the sexiest men we have laid our eyes on in a long time! Humor turns up the sexy factor big time.

I wonder if Joseph Gordon-Levitt saw this.

You can view it here.

Cher Marks Her Territory

I often think there must be something missing in my gay genes, because I've never been part of the gay male fandom with entertainers like Cher, Streisand, Garland, or even Madonna. I like them all, don't get me wrong. I respect them all, too. But I would rather stand in line for Mumford & Sons than any of them.

Evidently, Cher isn't too happy with the way the media makes Lady Gaga out to be a young "Cher" or a young "Madonna." So Cher made this statement:

"You can’t be the young anybody else. That’s why Gaga is Gaga and Madonna is Madonna. All these people are themselves. You can’t be the young anybody… There is no young me. If you get to be that, if you get to a certain level, you have to be the young you … Until I’m dead. Maybe when I’m dead, someone will go, ‘Oh that’s the young Cher.’"

I get that. I like Cher even more now. I was once compared to another gay author and it didn't sit well with me either. But I also think it's human nature for people to do this and I'm not that sensitive about it. I've been compared to much worse in my time, trust me.

You can check it out here.  

2 comments:

Alan Scott said...

I deleted my goodreads account several year ago and have not been back. My problem was the 'junior high school clique' mentality. If you weren't one of the 'cool' authors, readers panned your works or gave them low ratings, without bothering to read them.

ryan field said...

I have my account. But don't go there often :)