It’s not just publishing commentators/analysts who are often too close to their industry to realise it is not that “special”. Music bods do it too.
In my post Books are not music, redux I noted comments made by Richard Nash at an if:book presentation where he said that “books are special because they let an author get inside a readers’ head, creating a bond between not just author and reader but also between anyone who has read the same book”.
Music industry commentator Bob Lefsetz wrote in a recent blog post, “movies are great, but they can’t touch you like a song”. Really?
Am I the only person on the planet who is moved by different forms of culture? I’ve listened to songs, read books, watched films, eaten culturally specific foods, all of which have changed my world view; all of which have ‘touched’ me.
Broaden your horizons people.