FACT: Editors May Need Editors

Like many of you at home, we have been working around the house:

[From my Instagram Stories, May 4, 2020.]
And we have been enjoying a Russian-made television program (now its series 2) available on Amazon Prime, Ekaterina:

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We have been watching (and enjoying) the Russia-made “Ekaterina” (Catherine the Great) series. I always need my 1700s fix!😋 But in our current predicament I must say it was a bit off-putting last night to watch an episode featuring, uh, SMALLPOX.😱 . Interesting trivia. Catherine’s life paralleled George Washington’s almost perfectly. She was born (1729) exactly 3 calendar years before he was, and she died (1796) exactly 3 calendar years before he did.🤔 . With that, this online school lesson is now finished for the day.😂😊 . #CatherineTheGreat #history #AmazonPrime #stayhome #stayinghome #eighteenthcentury #historicaldrama #Russia #entertainment #writers #authors #home #expats #England #health

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I posted about both of those to Instagram.

Coincidentally I have been finding Twitter (once again) largely… uninspiring. When I happened to see a tweet the other day asking, basically, Do you prefer Twitter or Instagram?… I answered:

Unlike Instagram, on which you can post maybe once a day and that is more than enough, a big problem I have with Twitter is that for it to be possibly of any use is the amount of tweeting that needs to be done in order to make “connections.” I see some writers tweet dozens of times each day. Frankly I do not know how those so-called authors get any substantive writing done when all they seem to be doing is tweeting.

It is also overrun with trolls and near-spammy authoring behavior and some appalling carryings on.

Then there is “wisdom” like this shared by a former editor-in-chief at a major publisher who apparently in retirement writes books himself and tweets about… well, whatever. I did not follow him: he was recommended to me by Twitter with this tweet. Indeed I had had no idea who he even was, but when I saw this I could only but shake my head in disbelief. Initially I had thought he was another social media “con artist” – as he is one of those who has 680,000 or so followers and he also follows about 400,000. (How do you *follow* 400,000 people”? Seriously.) After I googled him I was stunned: he should know how this reads; but clearly he did not realize that before he clicked “tweet” on this “gem”:

He is of an age that he was a working editor when my (now late) uncle was writing, so he may have at least heard of my uncle. (His former company’s name rings a familiar bell to me: it may have published my uncle once or twice.) I don’t want a feud with someone like him. Still, as a matter of principle that commentary requires addressing… because of its respectable source: he is not just some yahoo with ten followers spouting rubbish.

Its pompous and glib certainty is bad enough. But they are not the point. Far worse is it is clueless – and particularly in the current climate.

Exactly one person (who himself has about only 100 or so followers), I noticed, risked putting up a hand and articulately questioned it:

To which the retired editor-in-chief gave a one word response:

With that, suddenly the pompous and glib certainty vanished and that “fact” was NOT a “fact” any longer. Yet despite that reply the cluelessness of it still did not seem to register with him; so the tweet was not deleted – as it really should have been. Nor was at least a correction made by him to that original unclear tweet – by perhaps retweeting that person’s sensible clarification; it was left largely unseen buried amidst other replies.

For of course no human being *is* ever, and no group *are* ever, a virus.

It feels terrible to have even to mention this, but it needs stating – particularly now. A Wikipedia article about him says he had Jewish parents, but makes no mention of his personal faith, if any; yet neither should matter because regardless he has surely heard of the Holocaust. That, as we all (damn well should) know, stemmed at least in part from the Germans – then some of the best-educated people in the world – having for years had this historical libel (among others) pounded into them time and time again by the Nazi propagandist state: that Jews spread illness and even are… “a virus.”

And, RIGHT NOW, in the expected nutcase, idiot, and bigot circles, guess what?: Jews are being scapegoated for spreading and even inventing COVID-19. At this time of all times, he tweets that sloppy virus “metaphor” he conjured up, which contains such an egregious moral blind spot that may be so easily misunderstood or even misused? (I assume it is original since he did not attribute it to anyone else and presumably as a former editor he knows what plagiarism is.) He is a retired respected editor-in-chief: exactitude and a breadth of knowledge were supposedly his bread and butter, for goodness sake.

Give me strength. Give us all strength. And he is an intelligent man. Yes, it is useful and even entertaining at times browsing the #writingcommunity hashtag, but I cannot be bothered wasting my time scrolling through all of the garbage and hate on that platform, much less replying to any of it.

If I am going to allow myself to be distracted from writing (or anything else) now and then, Instagram is overall, I find, a much better and even fun place to be.

Oh, what is that just above? I suspected it would get your attention: she is an Instagram friend and someone recently illustrated her. Now, I don’t want any of you to get ideas about illustrating me, okay! LOL!

Try to have a good Thursday, wherever you are staying home in our current virus-beset world. 🙂

2 thoughts on “FACT: Editors May Need Editors

  1. Sigh . . . Yes, I stumbled across another Twitter war myself the other day. It appears avoiding the nastiness is unavoidable. I always end up logging out feeling unsettled, slightly nauseous, and often in need of a shower! 😦 Definitely not okay.

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    1. I keep trying, but I really don’t see the point to it. And there is such garbage on it… and I always seem to see that. Instagram I simply find to be far better.

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