I met April Hamilton when I was at the very beginning of my self-publishing life, and she was a source of endless inspiration. She is a tireless force for good and support in the independent writing world, and Publetariat, the site she brought to life over two years ago now, is the best repository of information for self-publishers available anywhere. Her new book, Overshare, takes a fascinating look at our relationship with social media. Told in screenshots, constructed making full use of Creative Commons material, it unravels the consequences of our forays into the social networks we construct and that construct us. In its subject and its presentation it’s absolutely fascinating, and it was a genuine privilege to talk to April.
2. The reader of Overshare is required to do a lot of work to get at the narrative. Are you inviting people to construct narrative in their own way, within their own contexts? Are you expecting/hoping the reader will draw any particular conclusions?
3. If you don’t anticipate something, is that a reason to protest when it happens?
4. Do you think the way people live is changing to accommodate the way it’s shared? In other words, how would you sum up the balance between the active, life-shaping elements of socila media and the passive, life-capturing events.
5. Creative Commons. Why does it matter to us as artists? Is the creative commons movement a force for good or a force for bad?