Well, to reach out to my readership, I'll share this New York Times story that I think describes the root of the problem. In the comments, one person writes:
I now teach at the university level, and unfortunately many of the students seem LESS educated than before. Fewer students seem to read the newspaper. The standard of writing skills, in particular, seems to have fallen markedly now that fewer students bother reading books for pleasure anymore. Too many students think that they can get away with the standard of writing that they see on Facebook or Twitter. Most students don't even know when to use an apostrophe! So, ironically, while the number of students receiving these honors is increasing, any increase in quality is questionable at best. Mediocrity here we come.
This blog has been accused of picking on Global Watch. That's true, but it's also picking on mediocrity and ignorance. If that's wrong, then I don't want to be right. Global Watch and the person who typed in Global Watch are products of a system where mediocrity and ignorance are brushed aside in the interest of making somebody feel good. See the comments over at the Global Watch blog:
"Loved it! What a quick read. Can’t wait for book 2. In my mind , a new superstar novelist has arrived. Expect big things!"
"I enjoyed Global Watch on Kindle. Great read. Love Kyp and his team and looking forward to another adventure with them. Washington, DC is always an exciting city. The real secret agency must be wondering how you breached their security!"
Left out of the discussion is the fact that the person who typed in Global Watch is charging people two dollars for a poorly written, barely edited hodgepodge of grade school plot devices.
The person who typed in Global Watch is an educated adult. All readers should expect more of him, and when he gets coddled with praise like, "Expect big things!" there's no incentive for him to actually improve or learn how to write. Had this blog not been in existence, do you think that the person who typed in Global Watch would have released the "Re-edited One Year Anniversary Edition"? Or would we now be looking at the second (or, God help us all, third!) installment in the exciting series, Global Watch?