What difference did it make if someone cracked an egg open at the big end or the little end if the goal was simply to get to the shell’s contents? How could the Big-Endians and Little-Endians possibly have it so wrong?
Like Jonathan Swift’s character, Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels, I too am perplexed. Isn’t it the goal of every writer to have his/her material read? Like the Lilliputians, some people have lost sight of that goal, and have fixed their focus on the method rather than the end.
These modern day Big-Endians refuse to recognize the validity of online publications, with some maintaining you aren’t really published unless you’re published in print.
Technological advances can be tough for some people to accept. Imagine how the scribes of yesteryear felt when their vocation went into a tailspin with the advent of the printing press.
The “publication” industry of their day had been their personal domain, but the ink dried in their idle quills as reams of print spewed out, compliments of mechanization. But while the printing press dramatically increased the volume of published works, it did little in terms of distribution.
Enter the Internet.
Writers today enjoy the ability of having their works presented, instantly, to millions of households across the globe, as the World Wide Web continues to shrink our planet and repackage it into tight groups sharing common interests. This powerful tool presents possibilities which are only as limited as the imagination of those who wield it.
As the technologically savvy seek new ways to connect with their world, books, magazines and newspapers are downloaded daily onto iPhones, iPods, Kindles and Blackberries, and with Apple’s new iPad entering the market, this trend will undoubtedly increase. Technology only moves in one direction.
Meanwhile, back in Lilliput, the battle continues.
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“iPad” Apple Computer Inc.