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My Beef With Social Media
I am perplexed about using social media. The platforms on which I occasionally participate are Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and Instagram when my Zoe encourages me to post something.
But I question the ethics of all these platforms.
Facebook not only wields far too much political power and declines to restrain their perhaps idealistic but surely pragmatic practice of refusing to fact check or set responsible guidelines. Also, they buy up other platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, so those companies operate in the same ethical void. They all are all about money. Or so I believe.
Twitter simply annoys me because I don't understand why I keep getting tweets, about a dozen a day, by people whose opinions I never asked for.
However, since I not only write but also publish books and am involved with an online college that needs online promotion, and since the common opinion is that the most cost-effective way to promote is by social media, I find myself in a quandary.
So far, I have only decided to follow this principle: I won't respond to any advertising I see on any of the above-mentioned social media. I hope you will join me in this minor league boycott.
But please listen to this wonderful music and watch this extraordinary video while consciously ignoring the ads.
The Happy News Is:
At long last, This Rough Beast, Book 2 of For America, upon which I have pondered, meditated, labored, and so on for years and years and years and years is available in ebook.
In This Rough Beast you will find Otis Otterbach attempting to make a life after baseball and after his best and most trusted friend disappears, perhaps on the run, since he may have committed murder
The story follows and interprets the hopes and turmoil of the 1960s including the Vietnam war through the eyes of an infantry soldier, a helicopter pilot, and a deserter; the protest movements in Berkeley; the rise and fall of the folk music and coffee house scene; the Manson family and what its existence caused and taught, from the point of view of a girl whose testimony assured the conviction of Charles Manson.
Preorder Book 5, The Holy Grail, coming February 17, 2020, which is a special day to me for reasons I may reveal one of these days.
Should you ask why buy them all now, I would answer because for now they are only 99 cents. Later, they might get expensive.
Last issue I mentioned my delight that my Darcy called from Arizona and reported that she had recently started with The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, Book 1 of my Hickey family crime series, and could hardly pause until she had finished Book 10, The Answer to Everything, and every book in between.
Well, in case you prefer ebooks, and decide to follow Darcy's example, you may get disappointed that seven of the Hickey family ebooks are caught in limbo between publishers and may remain so for months.
Paper copies are widely available, and the best deal I know is offered by Hickey & McGee, who are sometime booksellers as well as publishers. They are offering the entire set of ten books for $40, which actually comes to $51.65 shipped and taxed. Still, ten new signed books, a whole highly acclaimed series, for $4 or $5 each, is beyond a bargain.
What a spectacular Christmas gift. You could even do like my friend Alan Russell and read them before you give them. Handle with care and no one will know.
For the Love of Money
Here's a podcast that gives a taste of an attitude to be encountered in the wisdom degree program at Perelandra College. The program is dedicated to clarifying the wildly radical vision Jesus Christ advocated.
"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." Mae Jemison
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