Notes from An Alien

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Who Should Deal With All The Crap ?


Our last post looked into the claim that self-publishing produces crap. I urge you to scroll down and read it

There were a good number of comments and one of them said that another of them should be boosted up to a post.

Here’s that comment :-)

“Crap is everywhere. Always has been; always will be. Sorting threw the crap is what takes me so long in the bookstore, the clothing store and the grocery store. To me, Mickey-D is crap, yet the business thrives. Nine-hundred-ninety-nine men out of a thousand should be thrown back into the lake, yet most of them eventually find a wife. Nearly 100 percent of all children are brats, yet their parents love them.

“On the weekends, my husband will rent several movies. It’s not unusual for use to watch each one for 15 minutes, before rejecting them all, yet some of them are blockbusters. That can add up to a whole hour of crap. Go figure.

“Recently, I told my TV company to go take a hike. Ninety bucks a month for a load of crap. I don’t think so. Here’s my reality: shove it.

“Why do some people settle for crappy food, crappy clothes, crappy husbands, crappy kids, crappy programming and crappy books? I don’t know, I really don’t know. Why do some people, who haven’t studied, bother to write down a load of crap, when some part of them has to know that it’s crap? I don’t know. It’s a lot of work for a load of BS.

“Why do we keep our mouths shut when be stumble across crap? It’s easier, I guess. We want someone else to take out the crap.”
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11 responses to “Who Should Deal With All The Crap ?

  1. Catana May 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    That’s a great quote, and so true. There’s that old one: 98% (or somewhere close) of everything is crap. If there’s one thing we all have to do as we cope with life, it’s learn to sift through the crap. Go to any book store and you still have to sift. Used book stores are archives of crap, past and present. No different with self-publishing.

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  2. cmmarcum May 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Wow! Such crisp writing. Awesome. Whahah!

    You know, I recently joined Netflix, after telling my TV company to take a hike, and I finally had someone explain the Star Rating system to me. Before joining Netflix, I though any star meant that I liked in some small way, but not true. Here’s the way they do it:

    1 star = hated it
    2 stars = didn’t like it
    3 stars = liked it
    4 stars = really like it
    5 stars = loved it

    After a while, they have my profile and start making suggestions. I wish more people understood this idea. Perhaps, we could even get the silent majority to speak. Yet another idea for a blog.

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  3. cmmarcum May 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    You mean profiling? Probably. I can only imagine the computer wheels that are turning in the background. The difference with Netflix is that they are very, very agressive about getting you to rate something. Smart move, I’d say.

    I’d love to rate books on different sites, such as smashwords, but I don’t think that’s an anonymous thing, and it would have to be, before you could get an honest poll. I’m sure it would cut down on the crap.

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  4. Catana May 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Amazon does profile, based on what you’ve looked at as much as what you’ve bought.

    I prefer non-anonymous ratings and reviews. Otherwise, you can post crap and stay well-hidden. Even if you’re not using your own name, your online name follows you around. Honest reviews can add to your reputation — either positively or negatively.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      I heard that, along with the just plain drippingly negative reviews some folks leave, like carriers of disease, various publishers are paying folks to leave reviews of that publisher’s books

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      • Catana May 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        Yes, I’ve read several instances of people finding out that a reviewer was a paid flack. When someone comes on the scene out of nowhere and starts posting glowing reviews, it’s time to calibrate your BS meter. And there’s nothing to prevent authors from praising themselves, under an assumed name.

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  5. cmmarcum May 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Say what? Are you guys trying to tell me that the system is not noble and pure? :O, no, Mr. Bill.

    In this instance, I wasn’t talking about comments. I was talking about a basic, simple, easy, one-click rating system. Of course, the trick would be that a lot of people would have to vote, which would overcome a few cheaters.

    I’d just like to see what the majority thinks. I’d like to see Amazon or Smashwords do something like Netflix. When I watch a movied, the next time that I go on the site, first thing, they ask me: Please, rate the movie that you recently watched. It’s cool and effortless. And I’m quite sure that Brad Pitt never finds out that I hated his last flick.

    Also, I’d like to point out that just because someone bought a book does NOT mean that they liked it. Indeed, they could be mourning over their purchase.

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