News You Can Use – May 8, 2012

Traditional Advertising is Truly Dead – Not sure I agree with the over the top headline, but the article does make some excellent points. A quote from the article:

“The equation used to be: money x media = business.

The new equation is: time x media = business.

In other words, every company is a media company.”

Microsoft has invested in Barnes & Noble’s Nook - But before everyone gets excited, remember that Microsoft also invested in Yahoo in 2009 (in order to enhance the Bing search engine).

Ten Rules for Writing Suspense Fiction – In 1994 John Grisham credited this article for giving him the tools he needed to write The Firm. Save this one and refer to it often!

On Fiction and Literature – a great interview with Russell Moore. A quick quote from the interview:

“…good fiction isn’t a “waste of time” for the same reason good music and good art aren’t wastes of time. They are rooted in an endlessly creative God who has chosen to be imaged by human beings who create. Culture isn’t irrelevant. It’s part of what God commanded us to do in the beginning, and that he declares to be good. When you enjoy truth and beauty, when you are blessed by gifts God has given to a human being, you are enjoying a universe that, though fallen, God delights in as “very good.”

Why Men Should Read More Fiction! – a fascinating article. What do you think? Agree or disagree?

Design the Ultimate Home Page for your Blog – an extensive article with visual examples.

4 Ways to Grow a Twitter Following that Matters – an extensive article with numerous resources. Well done.

The top 10 most read books of the last 50 years (found on the First Things blog). Take heart, the Bible by itself was read more than the other top nine books combined:




2 Responses to News You Can Use – May 8, 2012

  1. JennyM May 8, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    I’ve been a voracious reader since I remember sitting in first grade cringing as the other kids in the class struggled through “Fun With Dick and Jane”. How’s that for carbon dating?
    I’d stare at them, slack-jawed at how poorly they were reading. My uncle was a senior in high school and was devouring Tolkien, so I picked it up and read a few pages. i decided to wait until grade 3 or 4 to read it, since it was a bit too much for a 6 year old. Leap ahead …several years…and imagine my astonishment as my husband, who held 2 science degrees, uttered that reading for entertainment was gauche. Okay, he didn’t day ‘gauche’, he would not have had a sweet clue what ‘gauche’ even meant. He was reading “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”, before bed. Yeah. Nightmare central. Then I got him, pardon me, I *forced him* to stop reading that and pick up some Bodie Theone. I believe his actual words were “I had no idea Christian fiction could be SO good!”. I could buy a box of off-season strawberries and he’d pop an artery, but I could come home with 8 books and he wouldn’t even blink.

  2. Michael Duncan May 8, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks for the various links. I especially appreciate the ten rules for suspense. It provided me a great evaluation of my own work!

    Praise God that the Bible is STILL the most read book in the world. :)

    God bless.

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