I just read yesterday that reputable publishers will not touch a manuscript that has been served up on the Internet. That is an outrageous position to take, whatever the motive. Proof of authorship should be no less stringent a task for someone who has pilfered through books only to compose a manuscript of borrowings and outright thefts, than for someone who hasworked hard, but has found that the only publishing solution currently availableto him with the full freedom and control over several artistic decisions, not simply composing the text in double-spaced undeveloped pages, is to exploit the Internet.

Advent of the Macintosh computer with its initial focus on desktop publishing, and later the World Wide Web with its multimedia delivery protocols and the ability to reach billions around the world at any given moment in time, has narrowed the gap between writer and designer, author and publisher, individual and big business. I, for one, love the creating of graphics and the design paths the WWW offers this rising generation of multimedia focused artists. This is not to say that the traditional forms will or even should fade away, but to deny the very real considerations and work of those who have embraced this radically new cross-section of artistic disciplines by denying them access to these traditional forms because of fears founded on the distinctive newness of the medium rather than any inherent failings of the medium, is to assert a bigotry that smacks of corporate protectionism in the very worst way imaginable.  

Much of the artist's resources are spent trying to impress a whole series of agents, editors, patrons, curators, and buyers with his work, most of whom usually have absolutely anything to do with the work itself, a trial by fire which can be quite distracting, punishing and prohibitabvly expensive in terms of time and finances which could be better spent in the artist's own domain of play and work. So here in these lines I wish to thank Apple Computer Corporation ® for its past successes with its Macintosh line of personal publishing tools and wish them luck as they try to pull their vision back together, so that others like me will continue to feel comfortable doing what we are urged to do, and that is to create on our own schedules, and not have to fumble around with vulgar salescraft and arcane technology, while giving us the freedom to explore the rich experiences of multimedia from our desktop.

Today's earnest is tomorrow's path for millions of future global citizens who, in the 21st century, will seek to identify a road less traveled in order to transcend the mistakes of the past. To automatically dismiss this medium as a medium not to be trusted or worse, not to be utilized at all levels of communication is a sad message indeed that the publishing magnates are sending to the young visionaries of today. Commercialism is not the driving force behind every fresh idea, but to disqualify from commercial success, the early promises of creativity Internet publishing may guarantee those still locked out of the larger houses is to sorely disrespect the future of communication.

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