At her blog, Maud Newton mentions the just-purchased-by-Google, online word processor Writely, and its latent potential invasion-of-privacy issues (what with the fact that your Gmail is constantly scanned to generate all those blue text ads, and that the government has requested Google’s search records, and that AOL voluntarily released a whole heap of people’s search history, etc.).
But, consider: for a would-be and as-yet-unpublished writer, wouldn’t Google’s invasion of your privacy in this case be a good thing, especially if it’s your first I-had-a-sensitive-childhood novel up there in the cyber-ether? Wouldn’t that violation be in fact a type of publication? I mean, I know it’s not a six-figure deal from Knopf and a fawning profile of your tortured path to fame, but who knows–the NSA agents may know other agents, the good kind, the kind that take you to lunch and give you money.
P.S. W/R/T the coinage “Writely”–why is it that our communications media–otherwise so elegant, so fast, so adaptable–also hurry the degeneration of our language? Or if not hurry its degeneration, then at least ugly it up a great deal? Why not “Write-In” or “Write Up” or “Write On” or “Write Now” or “Writ Large” or–nevermind. I’ve gotta take this call. It’s coming in on my new Razr. L8R, peeps.
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