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Some ten years ago we asked, “How can you possibly call yourself an author if you can’t process digitized full-motion video signals on your computer, accelerate your image-compression manager to thirty frames per second, and enhance your video with full stereo sound?” (See Author? What’s an Author?)
Tim Kreider recently asked himself the same thing after twisting himself out of shape to make friends on social media, attend webinars and produce a video for his book. He did everything that is recommended in the Facebook playbook. His video had all the right elements: “A hot girl, my cat, a catchy song and a child being humiliated.” But for all his efforts he was only able to garner some 700 friends on Facebook, “which makes me the Internet equivalent of what in the ancient Indian caste system was called a ‘dog eater.‘”
His conclusion? The best thing about being a writer is…writing. In the two years it took him to write his book “I began going to a quiet, Internetless public place every day that I appropriated as my office; I liked commuting, feeling like just another person in the world with a job to do; I belatedly learned to separate work from the rest of my life and not only got more done but enjoyed goofing off less guiltily.”
“The sudden, insane hula hoop-like popularity of social media and mass dinosaurian die-off of print has publishers panicked and willing to try anything,” writes Kreider, “and so writers, typically reclusive types who are used to being able to do their jobs without putting on pants, now find themselves shoved on camera and hawking their books like mattresses on Presidents’ Day.”