Is Publishing in Danger? Part Deux
The blogger who said that publishing will be "vaporized" by IntarWeb 2.0
has posted a followup, which can be viewed at www.bubblegeneration.com/2004/12/more-publishing-2.cfm
In this one, he explains how publishing will die. His reasons are: push-button publishing; open-source/massively distributed content; on-demand printing and distribution; Advertising 2.0 (BTW if he puts "2.0" after any more terms, I will vomit 2.0); and eBay and Google. (I guess in the future, he expects us to bid on authors we like? He must not have read that excerpt I posted from the author who was trying to do just that.)
Much more interesting than the blog is the second comment, which not only demolishes the argument (he points out that publishers have editors
but also criticizes the blogger for going overboard with jargon.
The only criticism I had with the commentor's reprisal is his statement "Bah, we'll only see the rise of the hack writer, like a deadly algal bloom in the red sargasso sea, choking everything." It depends on what you mean by "hack writer." Many of the people I've seen referred to as hack writers are consummate professionals, and while their prose may not sing, they can do more than string words together. On the other hand, that was a wonderful sentence, wasn't it?