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The Social Media

So here's the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word processing software (very old, but unsurpassed). I have my website, which someone else runs for me, and I have this LJ account, the blog that I vainly called my Not A Blog in hopes that might prevent me from blogging.

But that's it.

I am not on Facebook.

I am not on Twitter.

I will not be on the next new thing to come along, the one that makes Facebook and Twitter as obsolete as GEnie and CompuServe and The Source, those halcyon communities of yore.

Now some of you may think you've seen my page on Facebook. Others may swear they've read my tweets. Wrong and wrong. 'twas not me. Friends of mine who do these things inform me that there are several Facebook pages with my name on 'em. Some seem to be the work of well intentioned fans, and do nothing but copy my posts from here. Others are the work of trolls, established for purposes of abuse, since Ty keeps a lid of that kind of crap on LJ. A few are rank imposture, I hear, featuring nasty comments by assholes pretending to be me. The same sort of stuff is going on with Twitter, I'm told.

I have neither the time, the energy, or the inclination to get on any of these social media myself. There's WAY too much on my plate, and keeping up with the Not A Blog and my website are taxing enough. So here's what I've done. I've given my friend Elio... better known to the denizens of Westeros as Ran... permission to syndicate my posts and comments on both Facebook and Twitter.

Here's the URLs:



These Westeros sites will post my own stuff, yes... but also a lot of other material about the novels and TV shows. "Our social media sites are, we think, a pretty good place to keep on top of the latest news related to you and your projects," Elio writes. Just so.

And these are the ONLY social media feeds I've authorized. If you want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, accept no substitutes.

(Well, in English. Let me modify that statement. I have given some of my foreign fan sites permission to translate my posts into other languages, so if you are reading this in Klingon or Dothraki, you're just fine).

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and me to Skull Island, where Kong is staggering a little.


Feb. 25th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
You know, George, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you've tried out Second Life as well! ;)

In any case, I completely understand the aversion to all these different online portals that are just popping up out of nowhere, especially when all your contemporaries are constantly monkeying you to get on them. I've had many friends exclaim that they just couldn't go on living anymore without my being on Facebook. So I just gave in.

That being said...... WORDSTAR!?? DOS!!??!!??

Embrace technology, George. Embrace it! Or it will embrace YOU in a massive bear hug of death!
Feb. 25th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Arguably, somebody who has used DOS or is still using DOS has 'embraced technology' in a truer way than some child playing a 99 cent game on an iPad. Besides, what's wrong with WordStar and DOS if they get the job done?

If, on the other hand they don't get the job done for one reason or another, a Linux box sans a graphical environment, coupled with the text editor joe in WordStar compatability mode, might be a sensible 'upgrade.'


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