On the Contrary: Today’s Book Reviewing Is Better

December 2009
by Martin Shepard

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On the Contrary: Today’s Book Reviewing Is Better

by Martin Shepard

After hearing so many other publishers declare that using social media is a must, I tried Facebook for a while and then dropped out. My epiphany came when a woman from Sri Lanka wrote to me saying she wanted to be my friend. I wrote back that not only didn’t I know her, but she already had nearly 200 friends listed and hardly needed another one.

While this may be a useful thing for adolescents and college students, or a way of staying in touch with a large group of people in one’s present or past when you don’t have the time to talk with them directly, I find no value in it at all. I’m not interested in what people have for dinner, or who they are dating, or any of the other items that occupy 95 percent of what you find on this site. If I want to get in touch with a friend, or a friend with me, there’s nothing that beats a personal email or a telephone call.

Same with LinkedIn, supposedly a network that establishes business connections. Like Facebook, though, it seems to resemble a game in which the “winner” has the most “links.” But these links are rarely in the service of anything I work at, and I no longer answer these requests either. Too little time to play with electronic crazes such as these. Nor do I un…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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