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11 Questions: Chris Brogan

11 QUESTIONS FOR MEDIA MAVENS ABOUT READING

Due to the little tiny bit of controversy in my “riding fences” post, I asked a few media mavens to answer a few quick questions about their reading habits and how they see themselves as readers.

A big thank you from me goes out to the participants from our small social media circle. Still waiting to hear back from iJustine, but here are the participants in this impromptu study: DYKC, CC Chapman, Annie Boccio, Julia Roy, Eric Rice, Amanda Gravel, Chris Brogan, Jeff Pulver and Ewan Spence.

I am breaking the results up across several posts, in the interest of spacing.

Please leave a comment with your answers/thoughts; I’ve posted the questions below to copy and paste. Thanks, and enjoy!

1. In one (can be hyphenated!) word, how would you describe your career, culture or identity. E.g., “I am a(n) ________.”
2. Do you think this identity has been represented well in art (including fiction, film, poetry)?
3. What do you typically do on long trips (plane, train, auto) for entertainment?
4. What traditional paper & print media, if any, do you read on a regular basis?
5. What is the last fiction novel or short story you remember reading? When was this?
6. What is your preferred genre for fiction and/or non-fiction?
7. Would you rather read a novel or listen to it?
8. Approximately how many page books do you buy in a year for yourself or other adults?
9. Please pick up the book nearest to you now. What are the first and last words? What is the title?
10. You’ve just been given $300 gift card to Borders right before a 3-week trip to an ‘off the grid’ island. What do you buy?
11. What connections, if any, do you see between social media and traditional fiction?

1. In one (can be hyphenated!) word, how would you describe your career, culture or identity. E.g., “I am a(n) ________.”

CHRIS BROGAN: community-maker.

2. Do you think this identity has been represented well in art (including fiction, film, poetry)?

CHRIS BROGAN: Yes. Very well. I think community is as old as story. It’s the glue that makes a tribe out of a bunch of people.

3. What do you typically do on long trips (plane, train, auto) for entertainment?

CHRIS BROGAN: I read books and magazines, and synthesize ideas for my blog and for other writing projects. I deliver as much output as I can, because I consider that time perfect for keeping me offline.

4. What traditional paper & print media, if any, do you read on a regular basis?

CHRIS BROGAN: I read Fast Company and Wired Magazine in print. Wired, as sometimes described by Chris Anderson, is more like a monthly book. I feel that way about its production value.

5. What is the last fiction novel or short story you remember reading? When was this?

CHRIS BROGAN: I read The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funk and finished it two months ago. Before that, it was Spook Country by William Gibson, 3 months ago.

6. What is your preferred genre for fiction and/or non-fiction?

CHRIS BROGAN: In fiction, I prefer cyberpunk and some of its more recent descendants, but I don’t read a lot of fiction any more. In non-fiction, I mix it up between memoirs, business books, theory/science books, and the occasional zeitgeist book.

7. Would you rather read a novel or listen to it?

CHRIS BROGAN: Honestly, listen to it, because I have a really long commute, and it’s a great way to get reading done.

8. Approximately how many page books do you buy in a year for yourself or other adults?

CHRIS BROGAN: If you mean how many books do I buy for people and myself in a given year, I’m slowing down on BUYING books, because I use the library. For others, maybe between 12-20.

9. Please pick up the book nearest to you now. What are the first and last words? What is the title?

CHRIS BROGAN: The, Together. Book: Connect, by Anne Zelenka.

10. You’ve just been given $300 gift card to Borders right before a 3-week trip to an ‘off the grid’ island. What do you buy?

CHRIS BROGAN: A mix of business how-to books, leadership books, a few cyberpunk novels, some memoirs, and graphic novels.

11. What connections, if any, do you see between social media and traditional fiction?
Social media is a great way for fiction authors to connect and/or observe. Both are necessary to the future of the genre.

CHRIS BROGAN: Social media is a great way for fiction authors to connect and/or observe. Both are necessary to the future of the genre.

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