Garwulf writes: "Clay Shirky has posted a fascinating analysis of why newspapers have suffered such an impact during the "digital revolution." In "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable," ( http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/ ) Shirky examines how newspapers tried to cope with the impact of the Internet, but failed not because of lack of preplanning, but because what actually happened was the one option they considered "unthinkable." As Shirky writes:
"The problem newspapers face isn't that they didn't see the internet coming. They not only saw it miles off, they figured out early on that they needed a plan to deal with it, and during the early 90s they came up with not just one plan but several...In all this conversation, there was one scenario that was widely regarded as unthinkable, a scenario that didn't get much discussion in the nation's newsrooms, for the obvious reason...The unthinkable scenario unfolded something like this: The ability to share content wouldn't shrink, it would grow.""
Garwulf writes: "Apparently, the discounts at Amazon.com are based on more than just retail discounts — the Times sent an undercover reporter to work at Amazon in the UK, and found that labour conditions there were downright Dickensian in some ways.
Among other things, from the article, workers were "Warned that the company refuses to allow sick leave, even if the worker has a legitimate doctor's note. Taking a day off sick, even with a note, results in a penalty point. A worker with six points faces dismissal.""
Garwulf writes: This summer, Michael Kaminski's The Secret History of Star Wars (http://www.secrethistoryofstarwars.com/index.html) was picked up for publication by Legacy Books Press. The Secret History of Star Wars: The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic is now available for sale from Barnes & Noble (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Secret-History-of-Star-Wars/Michael-Kaminski/e/9780978465230/?itm=1) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Star-Wars/dp/0978465237/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227368583&sr=1-3).
This is quite possibly the definitive book on Star Wars and its history, covering how Star Wars evolved from a light fairy tale in space to the Tragedy of Darth Vader, how George Lucas found himself transformed overnight from a small filmmaker into a mythmaker, and the crushing personal cost Lucas paid for his success. Using original scripts, outlines, and hundreds of interviews, Michael Kaminski has pieced together how the Star Wars saga came to be, the very month that Darth Vader became Luke Skywalker's father, the transformation of the prequel trilogy from the early adventures of Obi Wan Kenobi to the rise and seduction of Anakin Skywalker, and how the public history of Star Wars was revised at least twice to match the most current vision of the Star Wars saga.
Garwulf writes: "I'm a published and agented author, an editor, and the owner of a small publishing company — this means that I have to work with copyright every day, and I know far more about its ins and outs, and what it does behind the scenes, than a layman. I've just posted a livejournal entry with a thought experiment — what would the world be like if copyright really was abolished? Would it be a step into a brave new intellectual utopia, or a massive leap backwards?
Garwulf writes: "I've just put up a Livejournal entry about why the e-book is no threat to the printed book. Basically, the e-book is not a threat to the printed book because the printed book is better technology — read on to see why: