Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:21 pm[personal profile] akje
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Indie Writers don't get respect because they refuse to pay their dues. Writers used to be the intellectual elite back in the days of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Now they're a bunch of idiots, which I suppose is why they write mostly fluff fiction instead of books about issues.

Actual conversation on Facebook today:

Want one that will make you gasp? This one took my breath.
In the last 40 years, we have made 60% of wildlife extinct. Guess who's next?

Climate Engineering Weather Warfare, and the Collapse of Civilization

Me: What I want to know is why indie writers aren't writing about this kind of thing. ¯\_(ッ)_/¯

Indie Writer: They are, this sort of world calamity is at the heart of Dystopian stories. It's part of the reason that there are so many at this juncture of time.

Note: I didn't bother to point out that the dystopian fiction out there is unrealistic nonsense unrelated to real world issues

Someone Else: Well, one day civilisation will collapse, but my guess it will have far more to do with over-population, warfare and a reversion to primitive belief systems than a change in the weather. Dystopian fiction, now is your time!

Indie Writer: right now, over population isn't an issue, in fact the poor in this world are better off than they were twenty five years ago. Globalisation brought prosperity to the poorest corners of the world. See the UN stats on this issue http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/rwss/docs/2010/chapter2.pdf

Right now, overpopulation isn't an issue ?!? Is he serious? The planet has a carrying capacity of about 3-4 billion people and a population approaching 8 billion. It's the ONLY issue. This is why indie writers aren't respected...they don't do their homework. He mentioned the reduction in the poverty, but it isn't poor people overbreeding that's the problem. It's the rich people, since their consumption rate is so much higher. The worst offender is the U.S.A., as we have the highest consumption rate in the world, especially since every couple I see these days has four or more children. Four per couple will double the population, and it's already twice the carrying capacity. How can he say it's not an issue?

Another Indie: Here's my contribution: [link here to his book about climate change]

Me: So what do you blame climate change on in your book?

Another Indie: I don't pretend to know. Instead I offer ways to deal with the consequences, whatever they may be.

Aargh...he doesn't know what causes climate change? The world's scientists seem pretty unified on this...it's human activity that causes it. Human activity exacerbated by overpopulation. How can an author write a book about climate change and not be bothered to even read Wikipedia's page about it? ʘ.ʘ

This is why the world has so many problems, and why writers don't get any respect.


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Akje Majdanek

About Me

Like everyone else on the planet, I'm a self-published writer. My latest project is the fictional biography of four-year-old Dorothy / Dorcas Good, who was traumatized by accusations of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.