Shelley Widhalm

Writing Quality vs. Product Quality

In 52: A Writer's Life, Shelley Widhalm, Writing on May 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

As the quality of everything else declines, writing quality remains high for writing contests and publishing houses.

This is an interesting consequence of the Great Recession.

Fewer buyers in the market decreased demand, but companies and CEO’s wanted to retain profitability. Buyers, who are not ignorant though treated as such, were forced to purchase lower-grade items, do without or pay high-end prices for items that also have declined in durability and appearance, but not as much.

This quality has plummeted in two noticeable areas, that of clothing and food. Both have gone up in price, while becoming low-grade.

In the area of clothing, jeans now include 1 or 2 percent spandex, so that they do not have to be cut for each size but can use one pattern. Cotton looks nappy in the store, as if the threads are popping out. And material is thinner, sometimes almost see through, seams are poorly stitched, and zippers and other notions are flimsy.

As for food, portions are smaller, ingredients are cheaper lacking taste, and prices are higher.

We are wearing clothes that look used when just purchased, hang sloppily and don’t fit properly. We’re eating food that’s practically doubled in price. And we’re putting up with this.

Why?

Yet, we are the readers who demand high-quality literature from a shrinking publishing market. And we get this quality, because literary agents and publishing houses have more to select from with less room to publish.
Alternatively, retailers, restaurants and grocery stores aren’t catering to anybody but their own bottom line.

So I ask, why the difference?

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