It seems we're going to have a bit of break from Ancient Aliens until November 16, but that doesn't mean that the ancient astronaut theorists have stopped spreading their lies. Nevertheless, I am shocked to find that Giorgio Tsoukalos and I actually agree on something for once!
After Tsoukalos recommended William Bramley's Gods of Eden (a truly awful ancient astronaut book), one of Tsoukalos' followers recommended that interested parties download an illegal PDF of the book. Tsoukalos took offense and wrote on Twitter:
"...and the author will make his living how? He deserves nothing for his work?"
When Twitter users took exception and compared downloading pirated copies to visiting a library, Tsoukalos offered a spirited defense of authorial rights and the necessity of an economic model that allows authors to make money from their labors. He even called illegal downloaders thieves.
Tsoukalos and I obviously differ on the value of Bramley's Gods of Eden (at $7.99, it's far overpriced), but we agree that if authors can't earn money from their work, then the very concept of high-quality, professional writing with deep, detailed research is in jeopardy.
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