The Mainstream Catches Up With Technology and Digital Publishing; Comedy Fail: Comedian Jimmy Fowlie Bombs At Gay Pool Party; Ryan Field Books

The Mainstream Catches Up With Technology and Digital Publishing

I don’t have a link to this one. It’s just an observation. Ever since the world shut down for Coronavirus it seems the mainstream has been discovering all the different ways they can use technology for informational purposes, for communication, and even for promotional purposes.

Of course those of us who’ve been working in Digital Publishing for the last two decades know all about virtual interactions. We’ve been doing all of it, from podcasts to online video interviews, since the early 2000s. We’ve done blog tours, author book signings, and so many different promotional events online I can’t even list them all. However, it’s all been highly interactive and it’s all been a lot of fun. And I never even considered it “social distancing.” For me (and for many of us, readers, publishers, and authors alike) it’s been a way of life that we’ve embraced from the beginning.

And now that the mainstream has been forced to discover technology, it’s interesting to watch some of the reactions these days. Some people seem to embrace it, some don’t seem to care either way, and some just totally resent it. It’s almost amusing to watch those who resent it. It’s like someone took away their cursive, their paper maps, their encyclopedias, and their flip top phones and they aren’t dealing with it well at all.

But for now that’s the way it seems to be going, whether you or I like it or not. Frankly, the coronavirus hasn’t actually changed my life drastically on a day to day basis. I’m still working the same way I always have, and I’m actually hoping that some of the things we’ve all learned during this time stick around for a while. I think this might even be a crossroad for communications and society and many of us may never go back to life as we knew it. In fact, I actually know a few people who discovered e-books. Obviously, they haven’t been able to go to book stores or libraries, and when they discovered they could have almost any book they want in the entire universe with just one simple click, a whole new world opened up for them.

 Comedy Fail: Comedian Jimmy Fowlie Bombs At Gay Pool Party

I don’t know who Jimmy Fowlie is, nor do I really care, but I found this link interesting. Fowlie crashed a staged pool party and insulted every single staged guest there. It’s really a not-so-clever attempt at social commentary, and it could have been so much better.

I don’t see anything funny about it. I get what he’s doing. I just don’t see the humor. And most of all, it seems so amateur and unrehearsed.

You can watch the video, here. I do agree with most of the reader comments at the end.

Well, that was just plain not worth the first minute I managed to make it through before stopping.

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.

Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

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