Monday, April 23, 2007
It's International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day! Hoorah, hoorah!
Remember, kids, today is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day! Following Howard Hendrix's comments about writers who give their work away for free online, Jo Walton named International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, when those of us who are technopeasants and webscabs undercut the efforts of our fellow writers by daring to give work out for free. For free! The horror, the horror....
My contribution is here. The central list of fellow webscabs is here. Friend Of The Revolution Chris Roberson's contribution is here. Charlie Stross, of whom you may have heard, has something up here. Some guy named John Scalzi has half a novel up here.
Dear Reader, your duty is to read these things, and then, if you like what you read, post (in your own journal or elsewhere) about the writers you've started reading because you found them online. Go, go!
And remember--every time you read something a writer put online for free, you're undercutting the ability of working writers to make money. You're also making the baby Jesus cry.