... at least for me.
... at least partially.
His famous dictum, "The medium is the message", finally sunk in, and is the reason why I have decided not to post much on OS in future. At least I won't be posting any more works of fiction, or any more poetry.
Despite many protestations to the contrary, OS is NOT a writer's community. Rather, it is a community of people who write. What's the difference?, I hear you asking.
The difference may lie only in my preconceived notion of what a "writer" is. When I use the word, I mean it to describe those who strive to produce works with at least a modicum of literary value. That would leave out those who post movie and TV reviews, reviews of restaurants, vacation destinations, etc. It would also leave out most of the political commentary (although some of those have redeeming literary value, such as those by Saturn Smith.) Anything you might expect to find in the op-ed section of your local newspaper also fails to meet the standard.
I realize that there have been, and are, some essayists, critics, and social commentators who display great literary talent - Dorothy Parker, Heywood Broun, and others come to mind. But when has any of them been nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature?
Please do not think that I denigrate the efforts of OSers who post along those lines. I know that many, if not most of those whose words appear on these pages invest a large part of themselves in composing their posts. I am in the habit of reading, commenting, and sometimes rating a great many of them. I expect to continue enjoying them.
The proof of the pudding, to me, lies in the fact that my poetry and fiction have been least read, commented on, or rated by the membership. That and the fact that many choose to put caveats like"Poetry warning" or "- fiction" in the title line. If this were REALLY a writer's community, such warnings would not be needed.
Meanwhile, I'll continue searching for a website where literary quality is prized. I've tried many, but have yet to find any which offer critique and encouragement to folks like me.