A silly thing and a serious thing

I. The Silly

Andrew at Let’s Go Tribe has posted Our Place In The Sun which attempts to answer the question: Can this [the 2009] team even approach being the lousiest pitching staff in Cleveland Indians’ history? (Spoiler: Not by a long shot.)

II. Not At All Silly: “Amazonfail”

Yesterday, quite a few authors of gay fiction and non-fiction books about sexuality (from a feminist or sex-positive POV) noticed that their Amazon Rankings had disappeared. The works were still searchable by their proper titles and authors, but fell to the end of Amazon keyword search results. (Which led to an Amazon search on “homosexuality” bringing up a first page of search results that were almost entirely anti-gay.)

This morning, Amazon is saying that this was a “glitch.” Gawker calls shenanigans, based in part on how long this has been going on under the radar and in part on the fact that first word from Amazon had been that this was policy, not a technological change.

More links to read:

* Meta_Writer@LiveJournal has amassed a large number of links on the subject.

* Rydra_Wong has a more targeted selection of links.

* Dear Author has some information on Amazon metadata.


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