Thursday, October 21, 2010

More than a "content provider"

I recently heard a professional writer--who for years had freelanced and held staff positions on well-known newspapers and magazines--refer to himself as a "content provider."

This educated, skilled and creative person was demeaning his past to seem to be more a part of the present and the future.

Rather than writing articles and stories for printed pages, he now earns his living by providing the content to fill the bottomless online pages of blogs, e-zines and websites.

This man, who once regarded himself as an artist and craftsman--and part of a tradition that stretches back to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Sophocles, Homer and beyond--has reduced himself to the verbiage equivalent of a company that delivers water to fill swimming pools or dirt to fill holes.

What a shame.

(The photo shows a bust of Homer from the British Museum in London. Homer apparently lived somewhere in the 850-1100 BCE range. We still read the content he provided, including the Iliad and the Odyssey. Will anyone read this blog 3,000 years from now? Will anyone read anything 3,000 years from now? Will there be anyone 3,000 years from now?)

1 comment:

  1. Excellent commentary!

    Homer would be impressed.