The Communications Factors. Are You Published?

When someone makes the claim of writing as his/her profession, the first questions which springs to the minds of those who aren’t in the business is, “Are you published? What have you written?”

Posing such a question doesn’t make you appear to be well-read, or even interested; it only shows that you don’t know as much as you think you do. The Miriam-Webster On-line dictionary defines publish this way:

1 a : to make generally known b : to make public announcement of;
2 a : to disseminate to the public b : to produce or release for distribution;

So anyone who writes a blog, prints a poem, or uses a “vanity press” to print his book is actually “published.” The question now becomes, why are you published? Even the occasional blogger who only posts something once a quarter (financial, not football) is technically “published.”

Are we, as human-beings, placing ourselves into published garbage – a world in which anyone with computer and a credit-card can write a book, whether it has value or not? A visit to YouTube shows that very little thought goes into the production of many videos. Some are very well-crafted, with graphics, voice-overs and music, but others look like the “publisher” just was bored and had too much time on his hands.

Since I know more about writing and the English language than I do about production of video, I will focus on print media, both on-line and off.

Why do so many people, as evidenced by the the number of blogs and blog-hosting sites, think that they need to express what is in their heads? I am thoroughly amazed by the sytles and content of the majority of blogs and the individual posts.

Many, many times, I’ve seen that sometimes the blog writer doesn’t know the first thing about grammatical rules or punctuation. I understand that typos do happen, even to the best of us. However, when there’s a clear misspelling of the word its, as in, “it is,” that’s totally unacceptable. Not knowing the difference between its, and it’s, is the sign that you should spend less time on video games and more time with an English book.

And just because you have the thought, it doesn’t mean that it needs to be said or written, much less broadcast to the whole world! “Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid, than saying (or writing) something removing all doubt.”

How ’bout it?

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