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text 2016-05-18 13:00
This ad fails to mention all goodreads members were already signed up to receive ...

From goodreads home page below featured poll:


To set your email preferences for the Goodreads Deals (your having an account on goodreads automatically signed you up to receive) -- go to your settings to the new "Deals" tab.  Unsubscribing from all emails will not unsubscribe you from goodreads deals emails.  The email used will be your account email, you don't get to set which email receives these.


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text 2016-05-17 23:16
To opt out of goodreads deals emails, don't use your email settings -- use "Deals" tab

Even clicking to "unsubscribe from all emails" in your profile settings on goodreads won't remove. 


You'll need to set your preferences under "Deals" tab.


Goodreads staff haven't answered if Amazon's deals will be unique to goodreads or repeating their own emailings about daily deals, countdowns, etc.


(I'm anticipating seeing slideshows and all kinds of marketing materials touting how paying to do a Goodreads Deals email will reach 20-whatever million interested members -- without ever mentioning those members without notice or choice had their account emails subscribed to a mailing list.  Considering the completely different reception a new feature might have gotten if opt-in versus opt-out, inflating numbers during testing period ...)

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url 2016-05-17 18:49
Authors can now email goodreads members

See https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/649-goodreads-deals-a-new-way-to-promote-your-ebooks-to-millions-of-goodrea


I'm perfectly capable of following and subscribing to what I want to hear about without goodreads basically harvesting and re-selling the email address I gave them in order to get an account there.


This actually finishes goodreads for me as soon as a team challenge finishes (don't want to leave teammates in the lurch).  I've so much content and I to there I find useful I'll likely just change email address to one I don't use in case I want to refer back to something and login in every few months to keep account active -- but not using, posting, adding, etc.

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text 2016-05-17 18:08
Goodreads has opted all members into receiving book deals emails from Amazon (plus others)

Well, at least for books on your " to read" shelf.  You can opt out and you can select which retailers.  "Opt out" versus "opt-in" -- even for features I really want -- always offends me.  Feel free to reblog.


See the announcement thread in a group less than 5% of goodreads members belong to for directions on opting out or customizing:  https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18114746-goodreads-deals-u-s-members?page=1#comment_number_1 


I suppose it could be worse (for example if only listing Amazon deals) but cynical me thinks it's a way for Amazon to finally make use of goodreads member emails without technically being considered spam; a side-eyed way for authors to send their Amazon countdown deals and other promotions out to goodreads members who do not subscribe to their mailing lists or follow them without Amazon being accused of illegally harvesting emails not provided for that purpose.  Ethically, I find opt-out as wrong as just doing it but technucally only just doing it is illegal.


Okay, it's worse.  Update: Pricing to be included in goodreads emails to members is forthcoming. https://www.goodreads.com/authors-advertisers .  Finally authors can pay to email to goodreads members.

Source: www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18114746-goodreads-deals-u-s-members?page=1#comment_number_1
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text 2013-11-06 18:26
Movie Bob's Concepts of Criticism - A Video on the Escapist

So what Movie Bob is discussing here is criticism, specifically film criticism. But you can't watch this and not think about the whole Goodreads Suddenly Trying to Redefine What Criticism Is When The Concept Has Been Already Changed Thanks to The Internet, Etc. thing. Because that's what's at the heart of the GR kerfuffle - criticism has morphed into multiple forms, and GR is trying to implement rules that just don't work well with what we've come to expect of the format.


Anyway, the video linkage:


The Big Picture: Baggage



Movie Bob is specifically talking about why it works to bring outside factors in to your criticism of something - in his case, why he chose to discuss Orson Scott Card's many anti-homosexual statements in his review of Ender's Game (that video is here, Salon article referred to is: Orson Scott Card's Long History of Homophobia.). The baggage is any discussion of race, class, gender, etc. in criticism when some folk will always say "that doesn't belong here, just judge the work, not the society or the filmaker or the writer" - you see why this is relevant now, right?


He also gives a really quick, concise rundown of the history of criticism and media, and as an English major I love this, because it's exactly the definition I had in my college writing classes. It's also right on point with the grad school classes I took in film and film theory - and all in 7 minutes. Which is why I'm referring it to you. He covers a lot, and talks rapidly - but then I'll often re-listen to Movie Bob's film reviews just to ponder some of the asides. He's particularly good at explaining to a viewership of (probably) mostly male, younger gamers why such things matter. (Note: I don't always agree with all his reviews. But then that's been true of almost every movie reviewer I've read/listened to.)


I also love his line, the "it" being criticism: "Think of it as mixed martial arts for intellectual disciplines." Because that made me think of Criticism Ninjas, which is a thing that should exist.


I'd also like to note here that The Escapist is a website that focuses on video games as well as other pop culture. Video game reviewing is another form of criticism that certain folk are sniffily snobbish over. But hey, if film criticism is now legit - when it very much wasn't when the medium was introduced, and took the French to argue it into being taken a bit more seriously - then game crit should be too. As should, frankly, all such criticism of any media. Let the reader decide the merits of each by weighing the writer's arguments and then their own thoughts, feelings and yes, their own criticism.


[You can imagine me, at this point, waving a small Go Team Critque flag. If there was such a thing.]

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