I started thinking the other day about "The End Of Publishing" talk that swirls around the web-osphere like phosphorescence on a moonlit sea.
I will read a blog or article that recounts how it's all just the-sky-is-falling talk, and then the NYTimes will publish an article saying nobody will ever publish a picture book again. Ever. I feel like I can get away from it, only to turn around and find it's just behind me, waiting to pounce.
So, not that this is methodical research or anything, but I wanted to remind us all of a few things people have gotten really worked up over, but have come to nothing! Here are my top FOUR.
1. Salem Witch Trials. Okay, maybe the victims wouldn't call it nothing, but ultimately, it wasn't really a case of witches corrupting Salem's women.
3. Evil messages backmasked into heavy metal music. This always makes me snicker when I think about it now. Ummm, I guess we were a naive and technologically kinda dumb world at the time. I remember lots of urban legends about all the secret messages slipped into heavy metal music.
Now I realize most of those bands were probably too drugged up to be mixing anything secret into anything. Having watched the Osbournes I wonder if Ozzy had any agenda, ever.
Not to mention this was a golden marketing move for these bands.
4. Y2K. Again, it makes me cringe a little to remember how worked up everyone was about this. In retrospect it really was a "the sky is falling" moment. The good news is: once you have a panic room/ safe room/ bomb shelter, you always have a panic room/ safe room/ bomb shelter.
They never go out of style, and it won't be long before you'll "need" one for a new crisis!
So, what crises are you planning a safe room for?
What else have people freaked over in the past, that can make us feel better about all this publishing talk?