Cites & Impasse: feedback desired « Walt at Random
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-03-19
"1. Dystopia Fatigue: 45 for the Loss
The reason that is definitely reducing my interest in writing and may be reducing others’ interest in reading C&I is that so much mental and emotional energy is spent trying to cope with the dystopian situation that could be summed up as 45–not only an administration that appears set on making America a mean-spirited, post-science, pathetic nation relying on bloated armaments to push actual great nations around, but also the newly-empowered racists and bigots who seem to feel that it’s now American to loudly proclaim the shameful feelings they once tended to keep to themselves.
It is draining to read the news. It is worse than draining to read some of the reactions. It is draining to try to determine what (other than the usual PPFA, ACLU, AU etc. checks) to do about it–and whether drastic actions are warranted.
I can only assume that others also find it draining, and may not feel like reading secondary/apolitical stuff like C&I that isn’t actually good 'escapist' reading. (I’m just over halfway through The Devil’s Brood: is that escapist?)
For British readers, there s a separate-but-related dystopian present going on.
It’s hard to argue with a lack of remaining energy. I will surely agree that real action that might help preserve what’s left of America’s greatness is a whole hell of a lot more important than reading (or writing) my stuff.
Now, getting off the soapbox:
2. Old, Repetitious and Largely Irrelevant
That’s the quick way of putting it.
I’m trying to do stuff that nobody else is doing, since I gladly affirm that younger, more energetic and probably brighter people can and should be doing the kinds of things I used to do. Without mentioning my age directly, I’ll note that our taxes for 2016 are heavily impacted by being required to either take certain payments starting last year or losing half of that money to the Feds.
The GOAJ studies are good examples of stuff nobody else is doing. I’d like to think that most C&I essays also fall into that category–but they may not be worth doing. As for repetitious and irrelevant…perhaps."