ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?!?
The main event on tonight’s ticket will be the perennial powerhouse, Facebook status updates, versus the clear underdog, WordPress blog posts.
Given the literary—and spousal—abuse bestowed on us hapless bloggers, and the ubiquitous popularity of Facebook posting, why do I continue on going against the upstream current, whether it be on a VIKING RIVER CRUISE up the Rhine River through Germany and France, or even on a simple day paddle up the American River, on Lake Natoma, on my WILDERNESS SYSTEMS kayak, which I purchased at REI?
Excuse me while I take another healthy gulp (possibly a questionable adjective given the reference) of my BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin.
My mélange of not-so-hidden ad references, folded into the present-day publishing paradigm, reveals the recipe of our changing tastes as to how our appetite for recreational reading is satiated by how we consume our daily diet of the written word.
(Why did that sentence suddenly make me so hungry?)
In dehydrated terms, why is Facebook so overwhelmingly more popular than blog posts?
Isn’t one a bunch of pictures surrounded by a few words, and the other, a bunch of words interspersed with a few pictures?
Wait, I think I just answered my own question.
Add to that, the collective diminishing attention span of the typical “reader,” which is further fulfilled by Twitter Tweets of few words, Instagram photos of no words, SnapChats of transitory existence, or
GrindR reach-arounds (sorry, wrong forum on that last one).
To make matters worse, for some time now, quality travel writing prose of the Tim Cahill-genre has been supplanted by vaguely disguised advertising “articles,” which at least used to be disclosed by tiny font notices, barely visible through the clutter.
Nowadays, even that modicum of fair waning has been thrown under the bus by the business of publishing, where something called “native advertising” totally blows up the wall between intellectual property and biased-by-nature advertising, as John Oliver so expertly explained on his weekly program.
No wonder most people would rather look at shiny pictures, and skip the yada-yada-yada of those pseudo stories.
O.K. Time to get back to writing…as soon as my buddy and I finish our CORONA and PACIFICO cervazas.
NOTE TO ADVERTISERS: royalty checks for the aforementioned advertisements can be sent to my mailing address of record.
I am being paid for this drivel, right?