Re: [SystemSafety] Fwd: Re: New book

From: Les Chambers < >
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:40:25 +1000

More power to you Peter.
So you're willing to board an aircraft with a 10% chance of living through the experience? I admire your courage and stick-to-it-ivness. I don't begrudge publishers their pay cheques but they have comprehensively lost the monopoly on the printed word. Their general air of infallibility is turning foul. 20 years ago an average Joe could not sit in front of his PC, create a work of literature then put it in front of several hundred million eyeballs eagerly searching for his key words on Google, on twitter, on Facebook ...

More from my essay (soon to be self published) ... Anzac Day (Australia's memorial day) approached so it seemed logical to contact our national broadcaster, the ABC, to offer an interview with Rex. My confidence was high, I had facilitated an interview with Daughter Melissa when she crowd sourced funding for a theatre production through Kickstarter. I was dissapointed.
One ABC division reviewed Lucky and returned it within a week with a rejection scrawled on a postit note. Another failed to acknowledge receipt or return the book. And this in response to one of the nation's few remaining Bomber Command veterans, a man who is approaching national treasure status. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the ABC. They do a fabulous job, without them Australian airwaves would have no intellectual discourse. What disturbed me was the tone of the telephone conversation I had with an ABC producer. When I used the phrase "self publish" it created a stench that made her uncomfortable and put a certain snootiness into her tone from that point on. In my neivty I had stumbled into an exclusive club. It turns out that, when it comes to book promotion, the media and the publishers embrace with the dollar fueled passion of a bodice ripper. Published authors guarantee an interesting media interview. Interviews provide hours of free publicity for publishers. A rum chap, such as I, no literary black tie and with the odour of the amateur about him need not apply.
It is a sad thing that, writing a book, a worthy enterprise so redolent with hope and the bright light of creative inspiration - the highest function of the human mind - should become so myered in the eleteism, cynicism and naked greed of gate keepers who stand between the creatives and their expectant audiences, gatekeepers who's creative input is zero and whose self interest serves to crush the green shoots of anything new. Excluded from the club I formed my own, and what a club Twitter is! ...

And furthermore! You seem proud of the fact that academic publishers are making money. What are you? A player or a spectator. A player would be more interested in ways and means of rewarding the creatives for the thousands of hours they spend delighting us with their intellects.

The essay continues ...
I'm on Skype to my New York daughter. She's an actress working in the experemental theatres of lower Manhattan. The competition is stiff, "The top three percent of the class is here," she says. I tell her I'm documenting my theory that, in the future, courtesy of the web, the creatives will keep most of the money. There is silence at the other end. I know her well; she is dear to me; with those words hanging on the net between us, together we soar through the cloud and, for a brief moment, let the warm rays of the sun shine down upon us. Could this be true: "... creatives ... keep most of the money ..."

Maybe Peter, one day, this will be true.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bernard Ladkin [mailto:ladkin_at_xxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:20 AM
To: Les Chambers
Cc: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Fwd: Re: New book

Well, Les, Andrew Odlyzko was claiming the imminent death of traditional academic publishing twenty years ago. I believed it - the argument was so obviously correct.

And the predictions wrong. I ended up with, as I said, "no publications" (although even that by its own criteria was manifestly false). And the traditional academic publishers are making money hand over fist, to the point at which the UK government has stepped in and said "no longer with our taxpayers's money".

PBL Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, University of Bielefeld and Causalis Limited

On 15 Apr 2013, at 21:52, "Les Chambers" <les_at_xxxxxx
> Couldn't agree more Felix.

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