Links: Thursday, September 11th

September 11, 2014 Links 3

A young black couple poses for a wedding photo in the 20s or 30s. He wears a dark tux with a white shirt and she wears a tea length white gown with a full length lace veil and sits in a chair holding a large bouquet.  At their feet is a ghost image of young children suggesting the future children of a happily married couple.

10 Essential African-American Photographers

Today’s Links:

  • Romance Writers Told This Type of Hero Would Never Sell. These Authors Showed How Hot They Could Be. – I wish very much that mainstream coverage of romance could move beyond sneering derision or uncritical puff pieces. I also wish we’d stop writing pieces that assume women aren’t sports fans or that romance is read solely as erotic wish fulfillment. In short, I hate this post.

    When I first began writing romance novels there were very few rules, including the book must end happily and do not write a sports hero. Seriously–even though women crush on them in real life (Hello, Beckham)–they were deemed off limits if you wanted to sell a romance. That all changed with Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s series about the Chicago Stars football team. I devoured each book–and I hate football. There’s just something captivating and irresistible about the sports romance featuring an alpha athlete hero–and many readers and authors know it. I chatted with authors of alpha athlete heroes about what sets these sporty guys apart, how much spandex is involved and why even sports-phobic readers should pick one up.

  • Author CL Parks (Christy Parks) Makes Racist Joke and Then Attack Critics – ICYMI, a small press author no one had heard of before posted a video that compared a man speaking Arabic with a goat making babbling sounds then proceeded to make herself look even more ridiculous by insisting that it wasn’t offensive. Bless her little heart.

    Author CL Parks posted a racist joke video on her Facebook account (Christy Parks) on September 7th. The video compares an Arab man to a goat.

    Blogger @has_bookpushers, of The Book Pushers blog (, tweeted about the post today (Sept 9th) calling it out as racist.

    Parks responded with of tweets by the author claiming the video was a joke and not racist. To back up her claims she tweeted an image of journalist James Foley being beheaded. She also posted the video on her Twitter to demonstrate that @has_bookpushers claims it is racist were false.

  • Chat logs show how 4chan users created #GamerGate controversy – I think many of us suspected that 4chan was behind GamerGate, but now we know.

    As with the manufactured campaign #EndFathersDay, sockpuppet accounts appear to have figured heavily in getting the #GamerGate and #notyourshield campaigns going. The sockpuppets pushing the hashtags were easy to identify by their low post counts, the fact that they tweeted about little other than #GamerGate and #notyourshield, and reverse image searches of their avatars that showed the photos to belong to people who likely didn’t own the accounts in question.

  • DiGiorno Pizza’s Twitter apology comes fully baked – When I first saw the furor over the DiGiorno’s tweet, I was quick to declare RIP to their social media rep. After seeing the sincerity in the apology tour, however, I changed my mind, and began to hope they kept their job.

    Then DiGiorno leapt without looking, and on its brand account, the tweet appeared: “#WhyIStayed You had pizza.”

    The message was quickly deleted, but not quickly enough to go unnoticed. Outraged Twitter users responded, calling out the Nestlé SA-owned brand for an offensive comment one person called “an insult to all who deal with domestic violence.”

    Immediately, the account began sending out apologies. But they deviated from the general playbook of crisis management. The person managing the Twitter handle began apologizing to as many people as possible, individually.

  • The Music Industry Has 99 Problems. And They Are… – If this article is anything to go by, the music industry is in super rough shape.

    1. The music recording is failing. Across the board, artists are experiencing serious problems monetizing their audio releases.
    2. Recording revenues have been declining for more than 10 years, and they continue to decline precipitously year-over-year. This has dismantled the label system, once the most reliable form of artist financing.

    3. Digital formats continue to grow, but not enough to overcome broader declines in physical CDs.

    4. Even worse, the evolution of formats keeps pushing the value of the recording downward. Streaming pays less than downloads; downloads paid less than CDs. And the next thing after streaming will probably be even worse.

    5. There is little evidence to suggest that this downfall is being made up by touring, merchandising, or other non-recording activities.

    6. Streaming is rapidly becoming the dominant form of music consumption. It also pays artists the worst of any formats before it.

  • As A Father Of Daughters, I Think We Should Treat All Women Like My Daughters – Mallory Ortberg lampoons that annoying tendency of men who have daughters to claim some sort of feminist awakening.

    Personally, now that I have daughters, I don’t think anyone should do bad things to women, especially the ones who are my daughters. I think we should treat every woman in the world like she was my daughter, except for my wife and my mother, who I will treat slightly differently.

    Did you know that when you have daughters, it’s like making a woman you have to care about out of parts of your own body? Well, it’s true. Now that I have daughters (two of them, to the best of my knowledge), I’ve got all sorts of new ideas about how to treat women. Now that I’ve got daughters, it’s time for the whole world to make some changes.

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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3 Responses to “Links: Thursday, September 11th”

  1. Meoskop

    I still buy discs and I buy from artist websites if they offer signed or early shipping. I’m not sure what the music model for the future is. I do think several key mistakes were made by the industry early that were then replicated by publishing. Publishing seems to be learning a little faster than the labels did, but not quickly enough to have fully saved the gatekeeper model.

  2. Ridley

    @Meoskop: I think the single biggest mistake was the RIAA aggressively going after individual downloaders. That set up a David vs. Goliath dynamic where paying for music looked like lining a bully’s pockets.

    Make buying easier than stealing, and people will buy. Simple as.

  3. meoskop

    Absolutely. And I’d trace the problems back slightly farther than the rise of the digital age. When CD’s came out, labels priced them much higher than LP’s and tried to hold that price long after consumers rebelled. Copying a CD to a tape gave a satisfactory result, much better than vinyl, so non fanatical audiophiles would buy 1 CD and share with several friends. As soon as mp3’s hit, labels should have remembered that the trading trees were consumers first reaction to price gouging. Instead we got higher end cd’s with even ‘better’ sound quality and no legal road to easy mp3 purchase.

    Some people will never pay. Focusing on that non-customer is also a mistake both businesses made. You can’t bring pirates in to the store. You CAN drive customers to the pirates. (Had to go do the math – the CD in ’83 comes out to $47 in 2014. Nope.)