The Visitors, Viruses and Killers, Free Oppression, Rick Chesler and his Solar Island


Once, there was a TV show. In “Visitors”, creatures from somewhere in the universe were trying to invade the world. They were penetrating in individual bodies and controlling their minds to reach their final target. I don’t think it is a good idea to deal with many individual victims instead of having direct results by controlling the decisions of selected prominent leaders of the world. However, I agree that logic and clarity may not be the most important factor of evaluation in art and literature works, like it is not so in conspiry theories generated individually and collectively. The first two decades of the twenty first century proved to be too different than the picture I had in my mind while I was writing 2000+X. I was sure that the world would be better with each new year. September 11, 2001 at X=1 was sufficient to prove that I had been totally mistaken. I think the problem is misunderstanding of free competition. It is interpreted as free oppression. Whoever has a significant part of the total power, believes that s/he is the temporary god of her/his world, and believes that s/he can do whatever s/he wants. Obviously, the problem is not that there are global and local leaders, directors and managers thinking and acting with this approach. The problem is the systematic ignoring of the law system. Since the masses who should normally control the leaders continuosly and warn them when necessary are still too ignorant to see what really is going on, the systems does not work properly . Besides, the groups who can see the world better cannot find eachother and act together easily, even in this new age of communication at light speed. They still look and see, and talk with traditional tools. Most of them even do not use any tool other than naked eye, which can see only itself and the part of the reality declared and imposed by the most powerful leader of her/his world.

I think 2020 can be a more determinative point of turn than 1914, 1917, 1918, 1939, 1945, 1989, and 2001. Corona virus is a critical warning sign for current decision and management systems of global “free competition”. It is obvious that in case the world freedom cannot be guaranteed to be preserved by the international consensus of human rights, universal principles and law; the current “free opression” system will bring nothing else than new political, economical, social, local, regional, and global new crises until it reaches the point of no return; and collapse with unthinkable and unbelievable disasters. I belive there are sufficient people capable of seeing and understanding the real dynamics of the universe, of life and of social world. I want to believe that a determinative part of them will find the ways for reaching a more balanced planet. I hope humans will be able to win their final goal of existence. They will learn living. They will learn to live together.


I don’t think it can be possible to call a virus a killer. But some, maybe most of the people in today’s weird political, economical, and social system; can easily be named as serial killers with different levels of authority and responsibility; for crimes and violent murders against nature and life, against humanity and its greatest invention love, even against their individual and collective existence and against the universe. Year 2020 will probably be remembered as the year billions of people cried “I can’t breath!” altogether at a certain location and globally from anywhere with an unbearable pain in their minds and hearts. Corona may be just following its own path of survival (if there is not a secret artificial intervention on its existence), but the action of a creature putting his power on the neck of life increasing the pressure until reaching thepoint of death (Soluk alamıyoruz-We can’t breath| Anıl Ceren Altunkanat) is inunderstandable. It is an unbelivable product of modern culture and social life.


If we were not living in an age of communication at light speed, I would probably never hear about Rick Chesler and his Solar Island, A Tara Shorts Thriller. However, the new world had enabled a short communication between us and two far continents.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Dec @douglascorleone @RickChesler The sun was always important. Harvesting the sun in an ocean island is an interesting idea. Reminds petroleum.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @RickChesler @douglascorleone It surely will live longer than petroleum. Thanks for sharing.

Mehmet Arat ?@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014 @RickChesler @douglascorleone “Long live the sun!” My Tweetures 2012 via @wordpressdotcom

“Rick Chesler, @RickChesler 4 Dec @mehmetarat2000 @douglascorleone Thanks, Mehmetarat. Long live the sun! ….”, leaving a reflection in My Tweetures 2012<>

I think most people start reading not to learn something, but to see and discover interesting worlds which would add rich meanings to their minds and lives by making them happy and have fun. We were calling those type of novels and stories as police, detective, and secret agent books. My favourite writers of this genre that I had found just after primary school were Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Ellery Queen. I met Mr. Bond of Ian Fleming not from his books, but from the movies of James Bond, although I had read several of his novels. Anyway, the problem was, nobody from the adult world was recommending reading such books. I was always feeling quilty for reading those books that I could read easily and have fun, but not reading more serious books to see what was going on in the reality of the world. I read most of the “police novel” books I had read, in the several years of that period. I later read more “realistic” books for some time more, and then became too selective due to the realities of the world.

While trying to understand what type of a book was Rick Chesler’s “Solar Island, A Tara Shorts Thriller”, I met David Corbett’s definitions of the three major suspense genres:

Mystery Novels
A crime is committed—almost always a murder—and the action of the story is the solution of that crime: determining who did it and why, and obtaining some form of justice. The best mystery stories often explore man’s unique capacity for deceit—especially self-deceit—and demonstrate a humble respect for the limits of human understanding. This is usually considered the most cerebral (and least violent) of the suspense genres.

In this genre the focus is on the contest of wills between the lawman hero and the outlaw opponent, and their differing views of morality and the aspects of society they represent. The greatest crime stories deal with a moral accounting on the part of the hero for his entire life, or provide some new perspective on the tension between society and the individual.

Where mystery stories represent the most cerebral of the three major suspense genres, and crime stories the most dramatic, thrillers are typically the most emotional, focusing on the fear, doubt and dread of the hero as she faces some form of what Dean Koontz has deemed “terrible trouble.” This genre is a hybrid of mystery and horror. However, the thriller also shares a literary lineage with the epic and myth. Monsters, terror and peril prevail.

What I read from the introduction of “Solar Island, A Tara Shores Thriller” made me think that it contained rich details expected to be found in the depths of a thriller:

What is Solar Island?

An artificial island, roaming the ocean, harvesting the sun’s power…

An independent nation, ruled by a visionary genius…

A crime scene…

For more than a year, Solar Island, the creation of revolutionary engineer Jacob Lightner, has traversed the Pacific Ocean, reaping the sun’s endless bounty of energy and providing electricity to developing nations. But is Lightner a benevolent genius, pioneering a new path to energy independence and sustainability? Or is he a power-hungry despot, intent on using the power of Solar Island to reshape the political landscape of the Pacific Rim, willing to murder anyone who gets in his way?

Responding to a cryptic message, FBI Special Agent Tara Shores goes undercover to untangle the web of intrigue and oppression that conceals Lightner’s true purpose. But nothing can prepare her for the struggle that will test the limits of her physical, mental and emotional endurance…the battle to control Solar Island.

As a remark about this introduction; I can say that although the idea of revolutionary engineer Jacob Lightner and FBI Special Agent Tara Shores after Lightner is very interesting I would expect to find a different and more global fictitious organization in such a story. If we are imagining, we can dream freely as wish to see the best alternatives for the future.

The group “Tara Shores Thrillers, (THRILLER, ACTION-ADVENTURE, MYSTERY),FBI Agent techno-thrillers, Science & technology figure prominently in these high concept FBI agent capers with a strong female lead” is one of the titles in the books of Rick Chesler.


I wish the world to find a better future as early as possible; to live altogether happily and equally, without facing the internal and external invasions of Corona, other viruses and creatures.

Rick Chesler,
David Corbett,
Agatha Christie,
Erle Stanley Gardner,
Ellery Queen, Continue reading

The Faces of Art and Literature: Jennifer Rose


The Faces of Art and Literature: Jennifer Rose


The first face I had seen from the world of art&literature and I can remember can be the face of Karagöz I had met while we were at a summer house in Kuşadası when I was around four years old. It should be Karagöz, not Hacivat, since Karagöz is the leading character although Hacivat is more educated.


I am not sure about the second face, but it must be absolutely from one of the movies I had watched in İstanbul, in one of the summer movie theates of my childhood. I remember the first movie I had watched as The Yellow Rolls Royce, but I don’t have a face from that movie, due to multi-story character of the film. The first face I remember clearly should be the face of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music which was very popular in my primary school years. Many of my friends had watched the film several times, I remember I had sung the famous song of the movie in the class with a very loud voice. “DO, A DEER, A FEMALE DEER!” I remember a friend saying “How loud he is singing, he turned scarlet!”

There should have been many many other faces I had seen, known and forgotten remotely from the worlds of art and literature. However, the meaning of seeing and knowing changed considerably with the new era of communication at light speed. Starting with my second birth in the social communication environments of the world, I became able to easily interact with the faces I knew remotely.


Jennifer Rose is one of the biggest good surprises of the new world for me. I believe beeing able to know her is a definition for new meanings of life. Being human is not being the same. It is not sharing all the same values, beliefs, and truths. It is not having the same views and opinions in all areas. It is a feeling of sharing the universe and humanity, it is a feeling of understanding life, a feeling of mutual trust, respect, and love. It is a feeling of sharing a universal life with mutual feelings and equal rights.

Jennifer’s words and images she shared and our communication made me think that we could all feel similarly about the universe, although we might not necessarily think the same. The universe for me is everything I can reach and understand within my limited time and space. Reflections coming from Jennifer already increased my limits in Sections of Tweetures, Mirrors of Memories Lost .

Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, Mar 14
The world becomes more clear when you look less at the physical & more at the soul.
Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000
And… You understand the world when you learn how and where to look at, and feel what you see in your soul.

Our limited and occasional communication at light speed made me think that Jennifer Rose is more than a new friend I had met and have some common aspects. Although we had only talked with written words, I was able to feel Jennifer’s view of life, soul, and the universe. We are all alone and we all need to feel the existence of others we can understand and we can believe that they understand us. It is not easy to describe and define this with words, but I gained a feeling that I had a new friend in the infinity of the universe.

I believe that I owe finding this new face of art and literature in Jennifer to our new ways of life at light speed, and to some common features of our personalities, opinions, thoughts, ideas, and feelings. This new feature of our era, being able to share a feeling globally, can be more important and determinative than it could be expected.

The quality and richness of the communication of like minds and like souls will probabably be the main factor determining the future of humanity.



Selim, inspired by two Jennifer Rose’s and a famous poet, added a very short story to his stories.

Jennifer Rose Lane, @Jens_Starry_Sky
Yes, that’s a real #butterfly on one of my orange #Coneflowers under the #NightSky 🙂 No, it’s not photoshopped/layered/stacked. No, it’s not more than one exposure combined. It’s only ONE 25 sec. exposure. #StarrySky #NightLife #nature #flowers #photography #WV @ThePhotoHour

Jennifer Rose, ‏ @SeeTheRoses
Never base your truth on a world fighting over truth. Look to nature or the stars or where you love. Look in your soul for the truth you know.

Nazım Hikmet
Love is like butterfly; it is daily to one who doesn’t understand, it is a lifetime to one who understands.”



Jennifer Rose,‏ @SeeTheRoses, 6 Mar 2017
If you want real news, turn to your soul like a TV. Turn to love like it’s on live stream. Make truth & beauty your inner newsfeed.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, Replying to @SeeTheRoses,
There should be billions of independent consciences in our era of light speed. But “truth & beauty” lacks in “inner newsfeed”s.
5:54 am – 8 Mar 2017



Jennifer Rose, ‏ @SeeTheRoses, 2 Aug 2018
If the universe lived by human laws, the stars would never shine.
//art by Hugo Barros




Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, 18 Jul 2018
We are truth, not “facts.” Verbs, not nouns. We evolve. We are life. We are alive. We’re the truest truth, with galaxies in our eyes.
//art by Indigo



Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, 19 Apr 2018
Meet me in the stars, outside time & space, where you & I exist as one.



Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, Jul 26
“Enlightenment” isn’t special. It’s ordinary. We’re all built to naturally evolve into our innate selves.



Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses
A window to my soul. I’m a writer sharing parts of my upcoming book.
IG: @SeeTheRoses // essays:
Joined March 2014

Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, Jun 21
Human being being human

Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, Mar 25
Much like flowers, we are destined to bloom.
/art: Indigo

Jennifer Rose, @SeeTheRoses, 9 Sep 2015
Let’s bring back:

Let’s re-humanize.



Jennifer Rose,
Mehmet Arat,
Robert Wise, The Sound of Music (1965),
Cengiz Özek, Karagöz Plays,

Nineteen Sixty-eight and Jane Friedman

I wrote “Overthrown Train” in 1964, soon after I started the elementary school and I learned writing. It was four years before 1968.

I don’t remember if I was aware of 1968 events in that famous year. I and my friends at school were too busy with the space race. We were wondering who would go to the moon earlier. Americans or Soviets? We were discussing that probably the Soviets would do that since they were silent to hide their efforts and reach their target at an unpected time. The Americans reached the moon in 1969.

** FILE **A demonstrator hurls a stone to riot police officiers in this May 68, 2005 file photo in Paris. Like the rebellious university students of nearly 40 years ago, today’s rioters are young, angry and armed with rocks. They follow in a long line of French street battles, a tradition of radical struggle enshrined by the French Revolution and its rallying cry of “Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite” (AP Photo/files)

I think I would not consider writing a few words about 1968 in its fiftieth year unless I had once bought a yearbook in nineteen-eighties. It was among the second-hand books being sold at the street near book stores. I don’t know what was the trigger guiding me to buy the book, it was probably the historical information with pictures making it interesting for me. I am not sure if I had turned all of its pages from the beginning to the end until 2018.

The book became a solid memory coming from the past to tell its special story for me in 2018. I remembered (in fact saw and read) some details of a past year from the book, listening to the song “1968” of Mark Pearson .

However, the book was telling the story of 1967, not 1968. But now, we are in a different world communicating at light speed. It is possible to instantly access the year 1968 and its events from different links.

On the other hand, the events of 1967 should include the signs of the coming year 1968. Below are some selections from the 1968 Year Book.


Georg D. Stoddard, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Long Island University at that time, was the editor-in chief of the book.

I can hardly recognize even some of the faces on the internal cover picture, but it would be interesting to share the picture labelling it with all the names and corresponding social media addresses.

I don’t think it would be acceptable to write “Negroes are elected mayors of Gary, and Cleveland,” today.

The conflicts in Vietnam and Middle East countries were important in 1960’s. The decisions made for Chili and Afganistan were important in 1970’s. Events in the 20th Century shaped the future. They wrote also the history of the 21st century. Our century could be much better if a different story had been written globally in 1968.

Which one could have had more influence on the future? “Mariner 5 achieves flyby of Venus”, “Russia breaks relations with Israel over Middle East War”, or “President Johnson on July 6 stated that the development of photographic satellites is worth, ’10 times the money we have spent’ “?

Can the below reflections have a relation with today’s world?

“Scenes from the three major centers of violence in the world during 1967” in “A European View of The World” by The Observer editor Ronald Hacker

“An Israeli soldier watches as Arab refugees, on July 6, cross the war-wrecked Allenby Bridge to their former homes on the Israeli-occupied side of the Jordan river” in “The Six-Day War… Middle East in Crisis” by United Press International editor D. Glenne Currie

“Lord Caradon of Britain, Nikolai Fedorenko of the Soviet Union, and Arthur Goldberg of the United States confer privately during the Security Council meeting of Nov. 9.”

“The War in Vietnam” by Newsweek Correspondent François Sully in Saigon, Vietnam”


“Tuned in or turned off?… Youth Spectrum, by Look assistant editor William B. Hegepeth”

Which one could have had more influence on the future? “Greek king flees after failing to oust Junta”, “China explodes its first hydrogen bomb”, or “Republicans make impressive gains in elections”?

“Some of the 100,000 anti-Vietnam war paraders gather on April 15 outside the United Nations building in New York.”

Is it possible to find General Moshe Dayan, Stalin’s daughter, Adam Clayton Powell, Eisenhower, Truman, Johnson, Pope Paul VI, Soviet President Podgorny, and French President De Gaulle together in another document?

Is it possible to find Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), Svetlana Alliluyeva, and Jacqueline together in another document?

Were the wireless phone and oil leak the signs of the future?

Can the dance of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev reflect all the dances made between and against the nature and the peoples?

Which one is the main factor to determine the future, management of the markets or building or demolition of the walls?

Books were damaged in a fire at Wayne State University. Which one is easier to protect; life, humans, or books?

Literature by Gotham Library New York University Press general editor Oscar Gargill, motion pictures by Chicago Tribune film critic Clifford Terry. Which one tells the most about life; lights or sounds, forms or patterns, lines or curves, colors or tones, words or symbols, movies or books, interactive information sources or games? Or others we know now or the unknowns that we don’t know yet? Should I tell I plan my final book to be “The Unknown”? I had mentioned it at “The End of Chapter One”, at “Birinci Bölümün Sonu”.

Walking within and through the pages of a book coming from fifty years before in time and thousands of miles in space is an interesting experience. I am not sure a similar experience can be possible fifty years later with an electronic book that will be published in 2068. Can pieces of information or knowledge be really real if we cannot touch them?

I am still having difficulties in seeing the relations between my mind and the images coming from the external world in different formats. Different formats changing from “I saw with my own eyes” and “I studied it carefully from various reliable books written with scientific methods by qualified and competent researchers” to “I heard from someone who had seen it in a clip at Youtube”, or “I read and watched it from an online news channel”. However, probably since my mind had not completed its adaptation the new age period yet, I have a false feeling that printed materials are more real, reliable, and informative. I therefore find accessing and trusting printed information easier. The below notes and attached pictures are the result of an attempt to understand the character of the information created in the digital world. These pictures are meaningful for me since I can see them and touch them in my yearbook. I am not sure that they can have the same solidity for others.


Can remembering the past be understanding the present and seeing the future? Is it possible to draw lines with fifty years between each point, from 1968 to 2068? From 2000-32 to 2000+68 between two “2000+X“?

Will the volatile information in media like Facebook and Twitter create a different future?


Below are some subjective reflections from the past years of The Tweeture and/or Face Story Universes, with Jane Friedman at the center.


I know I have to thank many many valuable people who helped during my voyage towards my existence. In the past, preparing such a list could be manageable. Now, I don’t think it can be possible to do this during my life time. In the global network of communication at light speed, people and their thoughts are flowing in a river of information with the speed of life, from the center of the world to the limits of The Universe, from the beginning of existence to eternity. I believe my acknowledgment list will be hidden in everything I had written and everything I will write.

I am not an expert of communication. Both literally and functionally, I must admit that I am also not much successful in personal relations. My character can be the main reason making writing an essential part of my life, if it is not the only one. This fact is valid also in social interactions in the Internet. I feel I am different, not in a positive way, I don’t think I have very special talents, I don’t feel I am unique and great. On the contrary, I have a fear of being nothing. Being nothing in a total vacuum of meaning and warmness, being impossible to be understood, having no capability for sharing with others and create a space of life with ideas and love. The last word, love may be the most important one. The love for a special one, for a large group of people, for other beings in the universe, for an idea, for a better future, and in some cases for a past which will never come again.

I don’t know if knowing another human can be possible by any chance with the interactions occurred in space during a finite period of time. But when I considered writing a new tweeture for one of the special people I met and knew through Twitter, Jane Friedman was one of the first names I remembered. It was not since we had a regular communication. It was not because I attended her classes. After school years, I always had problems with trainings. I could attend very few programs due to the tight schedule of professional requirements, I mostly had on job continuous training personally. I can imagine what I might have missed by not attending a Jane Friedman Course, but as a dry tree, my conditions do not allow me to get use from a regular course. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” “You can not teach an old dog new tricks.”

I would not like to mention that the promising sequence of attempts towards brilliant targets in life is also a voyage towards non-existence. Therefore I will just forward two questions.

Are we at our limits of communication? Can light speed be exceded?

Is it possible to monitor and increase the percentage of people understanding the meaning of such questions in our global village?


Jane Friedman has 21 matches in My Tweetures 2012. One of her tweets is “Why emotional excess is essential to writing & creativity:” from @brainpicker.

Jane Friedman sent a message announcing the celebration of the 3-year anniversary of The Hot Sheet, (her other newsletter) on October 20:

“Three years ago, in a move that reflected a triumph of hope over experience, I launched a paid subscription publication, The Hot Sheet, in partnership with journalist Porter Anderson. Nearly 100 issues later, we’re still going strong with our wonkish, business-oriented publication.”

“The Business of Being a Writer” was introduced as “The business education every writer needs” with supporting reviews:

“My newest book, THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER, is now available!”

The Business of Being a Writer (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Paperback – March 16, 2018, by Jane Friedman (Author)

Library Journal starred review: “Friedman’s 20-plus years in the industry … combine to create an invaluable compendium of practical advice with encouragement for aspiring and seasoned writers alike.”

Publishers Weekly: “A comprehensive and eminently readable guide that should be on every writer’s desk. … Destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.”

Start reading now at Amazon.

“Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry.”

“The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term.”

“Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.”

“While countless books and classes exist to help writers improve their craft, few focus on the practical aspects of maintaining a writing career over time. Friedman’s wise and wide-ranging The Business of Being a Writer offers essential and extremely helpful advice on how writers can survive and thrive in the current publishing landscape.”
—Dinty W. Moore

“Every writer needs tough love. Typically that’s delivered by your editor as you’re writing the book. But where’s the tough love once your book is ready for the world? It’s in here and Jane Friedman’s got the goods for you. No one will better help you understand the challenges ahead; no one will offer a more comprehensive approach to scaling the walls. Writers ask me all the questions Jane answers in here. All I need to do now is send them to this book.”
—Richard Nash, Cursor

The books are still very valuable for their capability of delivering the knowledge and wisdom extracted from life, from the books, from the ocean of the Internet, from all records, and from the entire Universe.

I had a question on March 16th, 2018:

Can we learn how to write? Can there be a school to teach how to live? I think, Jane Friedman and Alain de Botton have positive answers for these questions. Wonderful!.But can we understand who we are?”

Can we learn how to live?


The contents of Jane Friedman’s book:



Part One: First Steps
1. Can You Make a Living as a Writer?
2. The Art of Career Building
3. Generating Leads, Gaining Exposure
4. Pursuing an MFA or Other Graduate Degree

Part Two: Understanding the Publishing Industry
5. Trade Book Publishing
6. Magazine Publishing
7. Online and Digital Media
8. Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

Part Three: Getting Published
9. Book Publishing: Figuring Out Where Your Book Fits
10. Understanding Literary Agents
11. Researching Agents and Publishers
12. Book Queries and Synopses
13. The Nonfiction Book Proposal
14. Working with Your Publisher
15. Self-Publishing
16. Publishing Short Stories, Personal Essays, or Poetry
17. Traditional Freelance Writing
18. Online Writing and Blogging

Part Four: The Writer as Entrepreneur
19. Author Platform
20. Your Online Presence: Websites, Social Media, and More
21. Turning Attention into Sales
22. The Basics of Book Launches

Part Five: How Writers Make Money
23. Starting a Freelance Career
24. Freelance Editing and Related Services
25. Teaching and Online Education
26. Contests, Prizes, Grants, Fellowships
27. Crowdfunding and Donations
28. Memberships, Subscriptions, and Paywalls
29. Advertising and Affiliate Income
30. Pursuing a Publishing Career
31. Corporate Media Careers

Appendix 1: Contracts 101
Appendix 2: Legal Issues
Appendix 3: Recommended Resources


“Reliability of Information Sources” provides a good summary of what we are living and where we are going to. According to the chart, we have 997 levels between “Primary scientific literature” and “Social media”, for “Scientific Accuracy” and “Accessibility”.

I believe we are in a period during which subjectivity and objectivity will be redefined and expressed in new types and forms of equations. Communication at light speed gives the chances to be organized as “Binary Light Chains”. Content creators, auditors, editors, researchers, writers, readers, system designers, software and hardware developers, manufacturers, communicators, leaders; humans from different locations, from different social and cultural backgrounds, from different professions and skill levels; they can all be organized in separate BLC circles of different sizes to access the vast sea of knowledge they can consume, for adding value to their and others’ minds and lives.This can be a dream for this moment of time and space. But images can come true if only we learn how to look at them and how to see them. The world can change, if we can imagine John Lennon.


Since 2013, Jane Friedman is updating a chart “on the key publishing paths – covering traditional publishing, self-publishing, and everything in between. I am not sure if accurate definitions for several intermediate trends like author supported traditional publishing can be made and added for “in between”. However, I do believe that the future of writing, publishing, and reading will be much more different than we can imagine. Their definitions, characters, and effects will change; all of them will be re-structured in a different world of human and artificial intelligence members. Not only the processes of manuscript and publication managements, but also the meanings of living and writing will change.


Some other reflections from current tweetures are below.

Peter McCarthy (@petermccarthy) favorited one of your Tweets!
Dec 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM
Mehmet Arat, Your Tweet got favorited!

In reply to Jane Friedman
Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000

@JaneFriedman @buffer @petermccarthy Maybe we also need to optimize Blog Texts.

05:15 PM – 17 Dec 14, Favorited by Peter McCarthy

Peter McCarthy @petermccarthy
Co-founder, The Logical Marketing Agency. Marketing, data, technology, publishing. I work @logicalagency and blog at

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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) replied to one of your Tweets!
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 12 Nov
@JaneFriedman @instagram We will soon need a management software for pages on different media. Then a manager for the management software.
Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman
@mehmetarat2000 Sadly true.
04:41 PM – 12 Nov 12

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman replied to you:
@mehmetarat2000 I suppose it depends on how famous you are!
May 22, 9:29 AM via TweetDeck
In reply to…
mehmetarat2000 Mehmet Arat
@JaneFriedman @robertniles Is it really the topic what readers are interested? I thought they were mostly interested in the writer!
May 22, 8:06 AM via web

“People aren’t terribly interested in getting their news in a video package. Digital publishers have been trying to crack that lock for more than a decade. It’s very hard.” @joshtpm
Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman Oct 18

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman Oct 17

Writing about space explosions? Space is a vacuum, so spaceships (and death stars) don’t explode in massive fireballs (fire requires oxygen). A spaceship that loses hull integrity would implode. @DanKoboldt discusses how to avoid scientific gaffes

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman Oct 8

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part” Rudine Sims Bishop

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman Jun 18

Since 2013, I’ve been updating this chart on the key publishing paths—covering traditional publishing, self-publishing, and everything in between. Here’s the latest update:
36 replies 509 retweets 1,031 likes

Jane Friedman, @JaneFriedman Sep 25

Wattpad has put together more than 100 book deals for its authors over the past four years, not including foreign rights deals – a look at the @Wattpad business model from @HCuccinello at Forbes


Jane Friedman’s information on Twitter:

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman

Co-founder/editor of @HotSheetPub. I know far too much about the publishing industry. Previously: @VQR @WritersDigest / Indiana native. ??
Charlottesville, VA, USA
Joined May 2008

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The information on Internet looks like the volatile images, sounds, symbols, words, phrases, conceptions, thoughts, and ideas in our minds. Our minds are the reflections of time and universe. They interfere with our past and future. They define our existence. They give us the feeling of living. We understand that we are alive with small joys of life. We combine what we could get from and what we could give back to The Universe in our minds as memories. If we can feel that everything from the past is at correct place at a certain moment and they are all moving towards a better future, we call it happiness. We shout proudly and declare: “I am alive now. We are alive!”

I am happy for writing a tweeture for Jane Friedman who has “20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers”. I am happy for having met her.

I wonder what she was doing in 1968.

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Sections of Tweetures, Mirrors of Memories Lost

Can tweetures be the mirrors of lost memories?

I know it’s a long story. All began with change, and I think no one knows when exactly the change had begun.

If a far star could be a mirror reflecting the lights coming from the milky way much faster than the speed they came, it could send us a very precise definition of our past, our actual history.

Since no one could yet find the magic at the end of the universe, we are still trying to solve small puzzles using the tools we have in our minds and the artificial ones we create with our hands. We now have transferrable memories. We translate thoughts into words in literature, into tones and colors in art, into notes and tunes in music, cut and magically collected pieces of time in cinema.

Yes, this is a long story. It should have started on the walls of the caves where the first conscious habitants of the planet lived, when they started to live there. Maybe much before.

Could any of the first habitants there possibly imagine how their children would survive and be living at an unknown future of their time?

If we can move the mirrors of the universe to see the past and the present, we can see the future and understand what life is and who we are better.

Can we?


I think I had written the first of tweetures as “My Tweetures 2012” at the beginning of 2013.

Why do I say “I think”? Yes, I am not sure about the exact day I had completed writing it, but I can check the date I published. Yes,
“My Tweetures 2012” (1) has June 30, 2013 as the posting date.

I am not sure which date I should choose as my cyber-birthday. I had heard stories about mysterious computers since my childhood, I had probably read some articles on information machines before, but I think my first meeting with computers were through punching machines and cards, when I took the computer course at the university. I had used and carried, let’s say hundreds of cards to punch and compile simple programs. Luckily, when I started working on longer programs, there were terminals in the departments connected to the main frame at computer center. So it was possible to write and compile all the works on keyboards. These were around 1980’s. I bought my first personal computer in 1984, a 64K Amstradt loading and saving data from and a cassette tape; and the second in 1987, a 256K Multitech with 360K floppy only and mono screen. I don’t remember the model of the third which I started using in 1998; but it had color screen, hard drive and Internet connection with modem through phone line. I had started using e-mail and surfing through web pages. I did not use social communication platforms until the beginning of 2010’s, in which I registered to Facebook and Twitter.

I am not sure, but I feel 2010 can be my cyber-birthday. Although I did not use much at the beginning, social platforms changed the way I read, I write, I think, I communicate, I interact, I change, and I feel. I think the change has not been completed yet. I don’t know what I will look like after a balance between me and the technologies is established. If such a balance can be found.

So my profile picture, which were taken when I was around six years, corresponds to such a birthday.


Starting using social media is like arriving at a big city that you know nothing about. It was difficult for me to understand how this system of new communication works. This was not a surprise for me, I still don’t know anything about how real life relations operates. After a long delay, I decided to search what I am most interested in the two media platforms I started to use, for finding information and communication channels in art and literature. I formed a group, “Sanat Dunyasi” on Facebook, meaning “The World of Art and Literature”; and I followed some tweet channels in the same area on Twitter. Information was much, but meaningful and useful knowledge was not so. I tried to search, find, understand, organize and transform information in the areas I am interested in. Even the filtered information in my Facebook and Twitter activities were too much, so I tried to write some annual summaries about the shared information in these channels. The first titles of the series were “My Tweetures 2012” (1) for Twitter, and “Sanat Dunyasi 2012” (2) for Facebook activities. The following years brought “My Tweetures 2013” (3), “Sanat Dunyasi 2013” (4), “My Tweetures 2014:Sorrow” (5), “Sanat Dunyasi 2014” (6), and “Sanat Dunyasi 2015” (7).

It was also discouraging to see that even these attempts were not able to provide brief, clear, distilled, and meaningful information. It was also too difficult to find and reflect special moments of artistic creation, the “diamonds among broken glasses”.

“Tweetures” were an attempt to find a way for creating stories from tweets, “Face Stories” were trying to create links from memories of Facebook communication. (8) Selim was an unexpected Internet surfer who came from a past story to write his own stories in the new
channels. (9)

After trying to write several annual reviews, I remembered an opinion about new manufacturing technologies and thought again on my yearly attempts for Tweetures and Sanat Dunyasi.

I think the opinion was stated in an article discussing the change in manufacturing technologies, and their applications for designing new products. It was focusing on the problems of adapting to new technologies. It said that although any shape is possible with new tools, designers still use the same forms chosen due to restrictions of former technologies.

Isn’t the problem of adapting to new technologies also valid for new communication channels? Can we say that we are capable using all
new tools in the scope they have been designed and we will get the most from them, for ourselves, for our communities, and for the entire world globally? Or like the manufacturing practices having difficulties in adapting to new technologies, do intellectual creation and publishing sectors also have a big challenge of finding efficient ways to use the new platforms much better?

Considering the nature of change we are living, I concluded that periodical actions with traditional methods are about to be obsolete. Annual reviews have too many difficulties and restrictions. Maybe it is time to forget recurring actions, and try to find ways of responding changes with instant actions giving sections from the past and current practice, hoping to add some valuable hints for the future.

So I decided to give up writing annual reviews, but consider writing “Sections” only.


Starting from 04th June 2017 and browsing backwards looking at the past months and years for “Tweetures”, I could find a few sections from the information flown around me.


Georgina Miranda @georgina_here May 31
Amazing talk with @wordpressdotcom @IVYconnect @theCenter . Open source can bring the world together #tech #web #founder #sf
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Jun 01
If the world can be flexible enough to come together, why not? #tech #web #founder #sf

Rick Chesler @RickChesler Apr 10
George Orwell Wrote ‘#1984’ While Dying of #Tuberculosis #books
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Apr 10
Writers cannot write their own lives. They write what life gives and allows. It is almost always too hard to bear this enermous load.

Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters Mar 23
I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline. DUKE ELLINGTON
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 23
I don’t need a very long life. What I need is to know my time is limited.

Criterion Collection @Criterion
Watch as David Cairns explores the nuances that generate laughter in BEING THERE, Hal Ashby’s almost gagless comedy:
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 22
“Nearly four decades after its initial release, Being There, Hal Ashby”


AdalinaMaeAuthor @AdalinaMae Mar 19
Nothing is predictable and nothing lasts forever. #heartbreak #quote #NothingIsPredictable #MustRead #Goodreads
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 20
They separated. They are both fine now. Until a new hope for being understood. #Resilience

Jennifer Rose @SeeTheRoses Mar 14
The world becomes more clear when you look less at the physical & more at the soul
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000
And… You understand the world when you learn how and where to look at, and feel what you see in your soul.

Open Culture @openculture Mar 5
Ansel Adams, Photographer: 1958 Documentary Captures the Creative Process of the Iconic American Photographer. Watch
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 6
The documentary is as old as me. Not as strict as Tarkovsky, but I respect the power of B&W. I believe its permanent value.



Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 7 Jun 2016
“what you produce is sick, …. because it is the result of a distorted and unnatural development ….” Mann to Mann
The Paris Review @parisreview
Thomas Mann’s Brutal Review of His Older Brother’s Novel

Alex Myers @Alex_Austin 26 Jan 2016
I made a startling discovery.Time spent writing = output of work. Amazing. #writing
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 27 Jan 2016
Writing is the process of creating a new world of words based on moments lived and writing time spent. #writing



BBC Culture @BBC_Culture 17 Jun 2015
A century and a half after his birth,WB Yeats still shapes the English language @JaneCiab
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000
“Like all great art, Yeats’ work refreshes itself with each generation”. Refreshes and lives forever in new forms.


The Paris Review @parisreview 16 Feb 2014
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
“Why did you not write war poems?” GRAVES: “I did. But I destroyed them.” #poetry


OriginalBADYOGAKITTY @minamaya13 26 Dec 2013
Daily Wild – Nature’s Most Incredible: HAPPY BOXING DAY! #Kangaroos boxing at dawn, #Arapiles, Victoria, #Australia.
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 26 Dec 2013
@minamaya13 @aallemanwrites Very cute and interesting. It doesn’t look like a real fight. Is it so? I prefer it is not.

Maria Popova@brainpicker 25 Apr 2013
Tarkovsky’s advice to the young: Learn to enjoy your own company


K.M. Weiland? @KMWeiland 23 Nov 2012
“I write for the same reason I breathe … because if I didn’t, I would die.”?Isaac Asimov #amwriting

HuffPost Books @HuffPostBooks 6 Oct 2012
It’s the final day of Banned Books Week. Have you seen our amazing infographic?

Giuseppe Granieri @gg 14 Feb 2012
It’s not the tech writers, but writers of fiction who best help us understand what’s going on in the modern world

Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho 1 Jan 2012
To tweet is to put an ocean in a glass of water…


Can tweetures be the mirrors of lost memories? Of “Memories Lost”? (10)


1. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2012,; June 30, 2013
2. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2012, Uzaklardaki Ateş (The World of Art and Literature, The Faraway Fire);; May 4, 2013
3. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2013;; August 16, 2014
4. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2013;; April 20, 2014
5. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2014:Sorrow;; August 23,2015
6. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2014;; August 8, 2015
7. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2015;; January 8, 2016
8. Mehmet Arat, Yüz Öyküleri (Face Stories),
9. Mehmet Arat, Fairy of Inspiration,
10. Mehmet Arat, Memories Lost,

Memories Lost


Although months had passed, Met could not have found even a subtle trace for his past.

He didn’t know when he understood that this could not be normal after a long gap.

Indeed, he was very tranquil. Neither an anger, a fear, and a tension for not reaching a goal; nor an excitement, and a relax of success; he had no trace of any feeling in his memory.

He was just sensing the existence of an aspect out of order.

He looked at the woman next to him. The woman telling that they had been loving eachother madly, the woman grieving as Met cannot remember her by any means.

She had a well-shaped body, and eyes with a meaningful depth. Although she was not very pretty, she seemed incredibly fit and in peace with herself. They had become exhausted and lied in bed after an attempt continued for hours. They had toured every corner of the house together, and tried to find an object, a light, a color, an odor which could create a new association in Met’s mind and make him see his memories.

When the result had come to be negative again, they had left their bodies to the bed to have some rest.

Merilia had soon started to pay attention to Met. She had been doing this for months. She was expecting a new trial to remind him the hot hours they had lived in the past. For several times, a progress had seemed to occur. But after all of those short moments, her spouse had fallen back inside to the gap in his mind. “Maybe you should leave me now,” he had said. “I may never be as before. I can stay as nothing, and die as such. You should be separated from me, and go after your own life.”

In spite of these words, the woman were not able to go. Yes, she loved him. But this was not the only reason. She didn’t want to be the one leaving the route they started together, at the first trouble they met.

After watching the hopeless traces on the woman’s face for a while, Met tried to force the past again. If also the small pieces he remembered did not exist at all, he could have given up much before. His most significant memory left from the past was an air train coming towards him. He was crossing at the stoplight. He had walked when he saw green. But he had to stop, and wait for violet to cross. If a woman had not saved him at the last moment, all his troubles would have disappeared at that moment.

Suddenly, a piece of light flickered, a scene appeared in front of his eyes. An advertisement was proposing him an update to the new time tunnel. Colors, figures in large and small sizes were turning on and off on the screen, flying around, bringing in front of him his mother, his father, his babyhood, his siblings, his school, the day he started his first job, the moment he first met the woman he loved, their first trip together, almost all his life, nearly.

Another trace appeared in his mind. It was likely a news report he read, but it had made a big impact on him. It was telling that using search engines would weaken the memory. Such a result would not be a surprise at all. An organ atrophies when not used. Knowledge not searched is forgotten.

It was very nice to watch his memories live on screen, share all with Merilia. From now on, his past was in front of him all the time. He was able to live all details again at the moment he desired. There were such several moments that he felt as if he was born again, each time he watched them. The new time tunnel was really incredible, it was magnificent.

But then what had happened?

Met squinted, clenched his fists. Whatever he tries, the following was not coming. The beginning had diminished also. All his memories had been lost. His blank stare became locked on the ceiling again. His face took the meaninglessness of a sculpture.

Turning towards him, Merilia hugged the man she loved madly and gave value at least as she gave on the first day. It was a huge sorrow seeing him so in this age. She was now able to understand perfectly, what the relatives of people loosing their functions due to brain troubles had been feeling ages ago. Met did not have a physical problem, but he was living the same what they had been living once. He had loaded his memories to storage and reanimation center to increase the power of his memory. Liveliness of the screen content had erased completely in a short while, what he had in his mind.

A communication error in this age was a consequence that could never cross any mind. Therefore, neither the experts nor the users had a plan B. Met was now alone with his lost memories.

Merilia kissed her spouse.

“Darling, why did you act such too fast for upgrading to Memories V20.12?” she whispered.

Being Where

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film “‘Being There'”. (1)

This simple sentence is quite interesting. It includes a diversity of concepts; being, defeat, games, championships, races, awards, events, views, change, existence, technologies, and undefinable others on life. But there is one more fact which can provide an additional interesting detail on our new lives at light speed about this statement. It is how I reached the review of Roger Ebert.

I cannot claim that I am a successful member of the new global community, social media and vast communication channels. In fact, it is also difficult for me to talk about my fruitful social relations in real life. Unfortunately, I am not a person of practice. I walk much more in the areas of abstract thought and theory than simple but creative details, the meaning of life. I am afraid this vulnerability is also dominant in determining my personality in social media relations. I feel and I am afraid what I tell is generally found too theoretical. My friends reading my comments I write in social media should be too kind tolerating the complicated thoughts full of desperate seeks rising from an unbalanced mind. On the other hand, I believe it is not easy to find positive relations and values in the social platforms of Internet. The virtual words reflect all the problems of real worlds.

However, although I could not read all their contents regularly, I was able to conclude that some of the discussion groups I follow were good examples for regular, consistent and successful application of Internet and communication links. A discussion group about movies, “Film Explorer” (2) is one of them.

The group has a simple and brilliant introduction:

“You know. You watch a movie, think ‘Everybody must watch this’, and start talking to people about it with enthusiasm. This group was formed with this excitement. Not only the new movies, not only the films now showing. There are thousands of movies waiting to be discovered by oneself somewhere. Let’s go and start an exploration all together.”

I recently read an introduction made by one of the moderators, Oya Şirin, about George Roy Hill’s “The World According to Garp” (1982) from John Irving’s novel. I remembered “Being There” as one of the most interesting movies opening channels to understand our new world and our new lives, I made a comment, and then Oya Şirin said that I could write on that film since it had not been reviewed recently in the group.

So this is how I remembered and started searching “Being There” for writing a “short review of my own”. Our group does not like copied and pasted reviews. Personal views, words, points and comments are preferred and encouraged. But I wanted to have an idea on how the movie which had a significant effect on my visualisation of television impact was reviewed. So I found:

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film “‘Being There'”


I am not sure if an information could have been given so exactly if it were based on a daily life conversation, but I can now tell that Oya Şirin wrote about “The World According to Garp” on 19th February 2017, at 11:12 p.m. the introduction below:

“Good night dear ‘Film Explorer’ friends. Our film tonight is ‘The World According to Garp’. When I had watched years ago (although definition of years is relative in cinema language, was it 2003?) George Roy Hill’s this film, made in 1982 and based on a script written from John İrving’s novel, on CNBC-E channel; I was amazed with the performances of Robin Williams and Glenn Close, but then I had forgotten the film with a weird taste in my feelings. However, this couple and “The World According to Garp” were so special to be forgotten. With my thanks for dear Husamettin Tezyurek of our group members, who had led me to watch this movie again.”

Şirin starts her comments with questions:

“How is a baby born? What are its conditions? What are the objects required for the baby and its mother? The answers of our movie for all these questions we know are identified with an activist mission in a line of natural life evolution. With its universal focus on woman-man-child and family relations, the film shakes all the feelings like playing sword and shield game. Of course, this is what it made me feel. It can give different feelings to you. You can even find it absurd. In fact, it is an example of absurd cinema.”

My comment for this introduction on 20th February 2017, at 05:28 p.m. was:

“It looks like a very interesting movie. Was it shown in Turkey? I was not able to see a title in Turkish. I met some similar titles. Meanwhile, I remembered the film ‘Being There’ (Hal Ashby, 1979) I think it is a movie preserving its meaning.”

The conversation lead me writing a review including “Being There”:

20th February 2017, at 05:28 p.m.
Oya Şirin: It is quite stunning Mr. Arat. I also could not find the title in Turkish. Probably, it was not shown, I had watched on CNBC-E. After I watched it again, the film gained an entirely different place in my eyes. If you watch it, you can understand why ‘Garp’ was chosen more clearly. ‘Being there’ is one of the films I like the most, and shared in the group. It was almost one years before. If your impressions on the film are intense, you can consider sharing. I can add the link. It will be nice.”

21st February 2017, at 09:13 a.m.
Mehmet Arat: Thank you for your interest. I can’t promise about the time, but I would like to share. In fact, if I can find an opportunity and trace it, I want also to write on the first movie I watched, at a convenient time. I should also say that knowing that I can find good movies, qualified evaluations on ‘Film Explorer’ group makes me happy.”

21st February 2017, at 05:38 p.m.
Oya Şirin: Let we thank on behalf of our group. We will be waiting for your sharings and impressions.

So at a “convenient time”, I started writing an essay combining “Being There” with the “first movie I watched”. This is why and how I am here. Now I can write on the movies. Today is 18th March 2017, 08:29 a.m. and I know it has already taken too much time to come at this point. But “Starting is half of completing”, isn’t it?


Before entering the worlds of the two movies, I would like to mention some notes on our unique world; on literature, far and near lands, politics, economy, society, education, communication, training, chains, light, and on “binary light chain”.


Should we start all discussions thinking about our unique world? Is our world unique? Can we be sure if our planet is unique or not? When and how can be sure about that? When we find positive traces of a kind of life at any point during our existence? Or if we cannot succeed finding anything before human specy becomes extinct? Which one we really want?

Is literature the most detailed way of understanding and expressing life? Is the range from six word stories to thousands of pages novels are the best descriptiptions of what has been lived, what is being lived, and what will be lived in our universe?

Which word can describe a novel better? An adjective or a noun? Or a verb? Or is it the chosen adverb the most important one? Can we write a perfect and permanent essay on definitions, descriptions, details, simplifications, relations and types of words? Can we write everything on life and living? How can we do that? With words asking questions, or words giving answers? Are 5W1H questions the only starting point for understanding our lives, and the universe? 5W1H questions being 1-What, 2-Where, 3-Why, 4-When, 5-Who, and 1-How. Are they the keys to find the answers for all secret questions?

Do we need long novels or short ones in our new era of communication at light speed? Is CALS as “communication at light speed” the key of our new world? (3)

Should we concentrate on new definitions or applications of old and new concepts? Is the sum of shorts better than longs? Should novels be shorter? Should they be compact or compressed? Is “Compact Novel” identical to “Compressed Novel”?

Can a very short story trigger other stories living and moving in light beams of other minds? Can the “Fairy of Inspiration” of Selim lead to “Selim and Sima”? (4) “Memories Lost” to “Metileus and Merilia”? (5)

If we make the definition as “A compressed or compact novel is a collection of stories in puzzle form which creates the memory of a novel in reading minds”, which word will be more agreeable? Is “2000+X” a novel, or a linked sequences of written and unwritten stories and essays? (6)

Do influencers write, with their speeches, vivid and permanent stories on average people’s minds?

Dan P. McAdams comments on life stories of presidents:

“Like all of us, presidents create in their minds personal life stories—or what psychologists call narrative identities—to explain how they came to be who they are.”

“The rhetoric that Trump uses to characterize both his own life story and his attitudes toward America’s foes is certainly aggressive. And, as noted, his extroversion and narcissism suggest a willingness to take big risks—actions that history will remember.” (7)

Considering the stories written on average American’s mind, can we say that a leader should be a story-teller capable of writing compressed novels simultaneously on millions (considering globally maybe billions) of minds?


I believe never in the history of our blue planet, far and near lands had been so close to each other. Would it be possible to feel the stories of social lives so vividly in other parts of the world without our instant communication and control system at light speed? Would it be possible to create “The Story of a Far Near Land”, place it between the magics of light and electricity, and wait hopelessly there will at least be someone who will notice, see, understand and feel that there is life in the form of thoughts somewhere in a mind?

Can “sequence of stories” create a view of life and history on another part of the world? Is it possible to look at: Two thousand years with an unknown, at type-writers and secretaries, relations and dreams, at a square bounding lives of young people coming from the east and the west, at a symphony of loneliness with unwritten personal histories intersecting during eight decades of a republic; with words only? Can words form permanent images on life and history in other minds?

In the new world of global communication and transfer, no one and no country can be completely free and independent.

How can we start telling “The Story of a Far Near Land”? Should we first find and tell a story of the last two thousand years? Should we try to read the stories left on the keys of a “Typewriter”? Should we peep what four young people are doing in their small “Square”? Should we try to hear the silent music from a “Symphony of Loneliness” representing billions of other stories? Should we try to remember and understand what has been lived and what has being lived in the country we live, in neighbour lands, in other parts of the world? (8)

Should we deal with numbers like 7,358,664,203? Or must we always put the names of lives we care at the center of the universe? Should we remember or forget protests held at parks? Do Zuccoti, Tahrir, Hyde and Taksim parks have common features as a reflection of one “global virtual square”? Which one determines what countries will live, elections or the communication and movement of masses? How does change start?


Should we live in politics and think politically? Is it the only way of understanding the reasons behind the insane behaviours of governments?

I am not a politician, sociolog or economist. I am just an ordinary person trying to understand the world. But I want to share my observations since I was quite irritated with what I have seen during the Taksim Gezi Parkı festival which eventually evolved to “Duran Adam” (Standing Man) individual reactions.

My first impression is that both expression methods have been added to the social and cultural heritage of the world already as a specific way of reaction to policies ignoring the rights of individuals. People gather and express themselves in a live communication platform with the sounds of music and colors of life at parks, to protest and stop what should not be made according to them.

Secondly, the response of authorities against peaceful demonstrations is the determinative factor. As they respond harder, keeping the balance of diverseness becomes more and more difficult. Waves of hatred and polarisation of societies arise. Visions of future become darker. When the behaviour against the individual is harsh, the society is silent. Local and international levels of pressure applied on individuals and the relations between oppressive governments had changed much in recent decades. Occurances and reflections of the events are entirely different in the world of Internet and communication. The location, importance and effect potential of the individual must be redefined in multi-nation, multi-culture, multi-religion, multi-purpose and complex relations based on self-interest.

The new world has new concepts effective in local and global economy, society, education, communication, training, and education policies. The most important feature of the new era can be the light chains, replacing the steel chains.

Light chains represent thoughts, steel chains represent actions. Connection and control with light chains are easier. Creating and maintaining actual chains are harder and more expensive.

Actual chains are bonds. Light chains can be the main frame for a global network of freedom.


Is it possible to define and implement a new concept of “Education and Communication System Principles”?

“Freedom Buses” * travelling and taking knowledge from the centers to peripheries as mobile education units can be a starting point for new projects. A social integration and application project for promoting philosophy, knowledge, and relation concepts can be considered. A “Voluntary Quality and Financial Assessment Council” auditing non-government organisations. Creating principles, helping their implementations, auditing application results for the “Education and Communication System”.

People working for “Education and Communication System” can be connected with binary light chains to access eachother, actively communicate and update the data they create. Each person transmits an information piece from one source above to two sources below. Gathers feedback from two sources below to give one source above. All data is collected, issued, and updated at the top level. Upper and lower levels do not define a hierarchy. They are just communication links and directions.

An independent chain can be maintained for each considerable activity. A top level chain can link different activities for accession and management. All can be spread sheets at different sizes, creating a basis for recording, updating, and communicating data and links. “Binary Light Chains, BLC” can be the standard of “Communication at Light Speed, CALS”.

This can also be a new version of an old story, “Origin of Tale” of Vasıf Ongoren, one of the pioneers of writers and directors of Turkish theater. (9) In his book, a child tells the tales. The first condition is the requirement of ten children for starting. To start the next part of the tale, each child listening to the tale is requested to go and tell the tale to another group of ten children. Binary light chains are simpler. Each chain need a link with one upper, two lower chains. Upper and lower levels are not hierarchical. Up defines the direction where the data will be collected and kept. The chains can travel freely. Any time, any two chains can replace eachother voluntarily.

YaseminPforr-Each child a seed

My friend Yasemin Pforr started a very good project for using new means of our era to provide books and training materials for children. “Each child a seed”. (10) I wonder if she can organize her supporters as a “Binary Light Chain” to access more supporters, help more children, manage and share bigger data of success.

When and where will we be living in a world that “Being There” is only a story of the past?

In his review in 1980, Roger Ebert describes “Being There” as a movie “lifted intact from a Jerzy Kosinski novel”, he says and asks:

“The Sellers character knows almost nothing about real life, but he has watched countless hours of television and he can be pleasant, smile, shake hands and comport himself; he learned from watching all those guests on talk shows.”

“What is ‘Being There’ about? I’ve read reviews calling it an indictment of television. But that doesn’t fit; Sellers wasn’t warped by television, he was retarded to begin with, and has TV to thank for what abilities he has to move in society. Is it an indictment of society, for being so dumb as to accept the Sellers character as a great philosophical sage? Maybe, but that’s not so fascinating either. I’m not really inclined to plumb this movie for its message, although I’m sure that’ll be a favorite audience sport. I just admire it for having the guts to take this totally weird conceit and push it to its ultimate comic conclusion.” (11)

In his review in 1997, Roger Ebert comments on artificial intelligence:

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film ‘Being There’. The chess champion said there was something about the computer he did not understand, and it frightened him. There were moments when the computer seemed to be . . . thinking. Of course, chess is not a game of thought but of mathematical strategy; Deep Blue has demonstrated it is possible to be very good at it without possessing consciousness.”

“The classic test of Artificial Intelligence has been: Can a computer be programmed to conduct a conversation that seems human to another human? ‘Being There’ is a film about a man whose mind works like a rudimentary A.I. program.”

He talks about the incredible character created on Peter Sellers from Jerzy Kosinski’s novel:

“Chance is played by Peter Sellers, an actor who once told me he had ‘absolutely no personality at all. I am a chameleon. When I am not playing a role, I am nobody.’ Of course, he thought himself ideal for this role, which comes from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski. Sellers plays Chance as a man at peace with himself. When the old man dies, the household is broken up and Chance is evicted, there is a famous scene where he is confronted by possible muggers, and simply points a channel changer at them, and clicks. He is surprised when they do not go away.”

He asks a critical question:

“Is it possible that we are all just clever versions of Chance the gardener? That we are trained from an early age to respond automatically to given words and concepts? That we never really think out much of anything for ourselves, but are content to repeat what works for others in the same situation?”

He repeats “the last words in the movie” as “Life is a state of mind” and comments:

“So no computer will ever be alive. But to the degree that we are limited by our programming, neither will we. The question is not whether a computer will ever think like a human, but whether we choose to free ourselves from thinking like computers.”

The summary of the story does not tell much about the depths of “Being There” (12):

“A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.”

The quotes, however, give some hints:

“Ron Steigler: Mr. Gardner, uh, my editors and I have been wondering if you would consider writing a book for us, something about your um, political philosophy, what do you say?

Chance the Gardener: I can’t write.

Ron Steigler: Heh, heh, of course not, who can nowadays? Listen, I have trouble writing a postcard to my children. Look uhh, we can give you a six figure advance, I’ll provide you with the very best ghost-writer, proof-readers…

Chance the Gardener: I can’t read.

Ron Steigler: Of course you can’t! No one has the time! We, we glance at things, we watch television…

Chance the Gardener: I like to watch TV.

Ron Steigler: Oh, oh, oh sure you do. No one reads!”

We now proudly and profoundly say:

“No one reads. They just still watch TV, and surf purposelessly on the Internet.”


In an article, Frank Islam and Ed Crego compare Chauncey Gardiner in “Being Here” with Ben Carson who thinks “Obamacare is really the worst thing in this nation since slavery”:

“In 1979, Peter Sellers played a fictional character, Chance the gardener (Chauncey Gardiner) in the best-selling movie, Being There. In 2015, Ben Carson, a brain surgeon – portraying himself – is a candidate for President of the United States of America in Being Here.”

“Life is a state of mind. It was in 1979 for a period of time in Being There with Peter Sellers in a starring role and it has been in 2015 with Ben Carson in a starring role until recently in Being Here.”

“Unlike Chance the Gardener, Dr. Carson the brain surgeon is not simple-minded. Like Chance though he has worked in a very small space with little exposure to or knowledge of the world outside the medical setting in which he excelled.” (13)

We believe what we see is real, what we watch is fictitious?

In the age of perception engineering, can we be sure about that?


What is the basic need of modern societies? Is it reality or morality, or both? Do we have a strong compass to find our ways for a better future, to create a new language of peace and prosperity and live in harmony with nature? Do we have a “Compass of Conscious” (14), a moral compass to see the lights of a new dawn with all human beings?

When we write “Being Where”, will the new stories be the light chains shining and changing continously in brilliant minds of all human beings in the universe?


Now finally, it is time to talk about the first movie I had ever watched. “The Yellow Rolls Royce”. The film had been made in the year I wrote my first story. I had written “Overthrown Train” in 1964, soon after I started the elementary school and I learned writing. (15)

I remember a yellow car living vividly in my mind for days and weeks and months. It should be some time after 1964. I had watched reflections of light coming from lands I had never seen, bringing new worlds and definitions, introducing people and relations I could never meet and know, opening new windows for seeing and understanding life. I don’t remember the tradename of the car in the movie I watched, or maybe I had not noticed it at all, since the title in local film poster was “The Yellow Car”. I accessed the film data only after I considered writing on “the first movie I had ever watched”.

The tagline “Everything Happens In The Yellow Rolls Royce” defines the film. The introduction written by A.L.Beneteau provides enough hints for understanding why it may make huge effects in the mind of a child who had never watched a movie before:

“Three stories about the lives and loves of those who own a certain yellow Rolls-Royce:
– First purchased by the Marquess of Frinton for his wife as a belated anniversary present, the Marchiness finds her own use for the vehicle – one which prompts her husband to sell the car in disgust.
– Gangster Paolo Maltese’s moll, Mae, thinks the Rolls is a ‘classy’ car in which to tour Paolo’s home town in Italy. When Paolo is called away to the States to finish some ‘business’, a bored Mae takes the Rolls on a spin through the country, enjoying both the sights and the handsome Italian photographer who crosses her path.
– By the outbreak of World War II, the car has come into the possession of socialite Gerda Millet. While on her way to visit Yugoslavian royalty, Gerda and the Rolls become (at first) unwitting and then (eventually) most willing participants in the Yugoslavian fight.” (16)

I should have seen many actresses and actors I will know later in this film for the first time:

“Rex Harrison as Lord Charles, Marquess of Frinton
Jeanne Moreau as Eloise, Marchioness of Frinton
Shirley MacLaine as Mae Jenkins
George C. Scott as Paolo Maltese
Ingrid Bergman as Gerda Millett
Omar Sharif as Davich
Alain Delon as Stefano”

The film also inspired the idea of “Typewriter”. Upon a suggestion, I had even considered choosing the title as “The Green Typewriter”, but I prefferred leaving it as an ordinary one representing all typewriters. (17)

In fact, although “The Yellow Rolls Royce” had made great effects on how I see life, art and literature, it was not the first visual show I had ever watched. A “Karagoz Shadow Play” presented by a young student while we are at a summer house had also made a considerable impact. I had remembered his show and jokes, and tried to prepare my own shows at home after I started primary school.

The “Karagoz Shadow Play” I watched also found a place in 2000+X:

“One of the first images I remember from years before was a Karagoz Shadow Play I watched at a holiday region. I don’t remember how old I was, but I should be at most four or five.” (18)

From a “Karagoz Shadow Play” to “The Yellow Rolls Royce”, from “Being There” to artificial intelligence and perception engineering of global instant communication network.

Where are we going? What is our next puzzle to solve?


In a video posted on March 20, filmmaker and critic David Cairns provides some details for “Being There”:

“Nearly four decades after its initial release, Being There, Hal Ashby’s 1979 satire of American culture, feels more prescient than ever. A showcase for the subtler side of actor Peter Sellers, the film follows the misadventures of Chance, a childlike gardener who, by a series of coincidences, becomes a media darling and a confidant to a powerful Washington, D.C., businessman. For the latest installment of his series Anatomy of a Gag, filmmaker and critic David Cairns details the nuances that generate laughter in this almost gagless comedy, including the surprising juxtapositions in Ashby’s editing and musical choices, his evocations of everyone from Stanley Kubrick to Stan Laurel, and the carefully calibrated minimalism of Sellers’s performance.” (19)

I believe we will continue hearing much about being there. Until where?

If we start another task before completing the previous one, will starting still be “half of completing”?


Today is 8th April 2017, 09:55 a.m. I finally completed this writing adventure.


* I think Sakip Sabanci’s “Office Bus” he used for working during his frequent travels between Istanbul where he lives, and Izmit where most of his factories are located; should have been the inspiration source for this idea. I remember I had thought “What a good idea! This can also be valuable for creating mobile resources and work platforms to be used at different locations for interests of a variety of communities.

1. Roger Ebert, Being There,, May 25, 1997
2. Film Kaşifi (Film Explorer),
3. Mehmet Arat, The Value of Free Books,
4. Mehmet Arat, Fairy of Inspiration,
5. Mehmet Arat, Yitirdigim Anilar (Memories Lost),
6. Mehmet Arat, How I Wrote 2000+X?,
7. Dan P. McAdams, The Mind of Donald Trump,
8. Mehmet Arat, Voyages in Stories,
9. Vasıf Öngören, Masalın Aslı (The Origin of Tale),
10. Yasemin Pforr, Her Çocuk Bir Tohum (Each Child A Seed),
11. Roger Ebert, Being There,, January 1, 1980
12. Hal Ashby, Being There,, 1979
13. Frank Islam, Ed Crego, Being There: Chauncey Gardiner. Being Here: Ben Carson.,, Updated Dec 05, 2016
14. Mehmet Arat, Vicdan Pusulası (Compass of Conscious),
15. Mehmet Arat, How I Wrote 2000+X?,
16. Anthony Asquith, The Yellow Rolls-Royce,
17. Mehmet Arat, Typewriter (A Sequence of Stories),,
18. Mehmet Arat, 2000+X Uzun Bir Arayışın Kısa Öyküsü (2000+X Short Story of a Long Seek),
19. David Cairns, Anatomy of a Gag: Being There,

How I Wrote 2000+X?


Let me think. How I Wrote 2000+X?

If I should tell you in the beginning what I will tell at the end, I should simply say this: “It was not easy!”


The creation period of 2000+X started in 1998, when I first heard on TV that Spice Girls were selected as the music group of the last five centuries. I have no record to give a reference for this, so the information may not be precise. Was it a thousand years, five centuries or a hundred years? Was it Spice Girls or another group? No, I should not doubt this, I am almost sure that it was Spice Girls. I remember I thought “Who can decide on such a selection, how?”


The previous milestone can be the moment when I thought “I will be fourty two years old in the year 2000.” I don’t remember when exactly it was, but it was obviously much earlier than 1998. It can even be when I was listening to the song “In the year twenty five twenty five” near 1970. I was sure that I will not witness the year 2525, but I should have considered 2000 as a computable and expectable target.


There may be many other milestones but the third and last one I want to mention is the day when I wrote “Overthrown Train”. It was in 1964, soon after I started the elementary school and I learned writing, I was probably not able to read my own story at that time since I had not learned reading yet. I was very happy for being able to write stories like the ones I had been told previously. I don’t have an original copy of this story which was about a train crash, but I re-wrote it as I remembered, fifty years after it was first written.

Anyway, although I don’t remember when exactly the image of year 2000 appeared in my mind, there was one thing I knew since the beginning of the last several decades before the millenium: I had born some time before the year 2000, and I would probably die some time after the year 2000.

When I heard the news about Spice Girls, the questions started flooding in my mind. “Can there be a musician representing all musicians and every tune they create?” Many questions then followed about other professions. Could there be a a scientist, a worker, a doctor, an engineer, a politician, a soldier, a writer, an artist, someone from any profession having a major, critical, key effect?

The world were too busy with 2K disaster scenarios at that time, even I personally was trying to find economical solutions for operating our software after 2000.

I tried to choose limited number of resources. I started reading first, and after a long time, I started walking in the world of 2000, since X was not included at the beginning.

My sleepless nights at the weekends began. I was too busy during the week days. It took much longer time than I could expect. I was hoping to complete the work to have it published in 2000 at the first months.

After several years, I started asking “Will I ever be able solve this long and complex puzzle?” I think I was lucky. Invisible, hidden, external and internal forces helped me. One day I was able to write the last sentence, put the final full stop, and note the date and time.

Obviously, it was just another beginning. I have not been able to decide how many times it is harder to get your first work published as an unpublished writer, than writing it. I just tried to be patient.

Finally, I met my publisher who convinced me that it may be the correct time to publish the book.


So “2000+X” was published in September, 2016, in Kangaroo Press. “X=16” for “2000+X”.

I am not more optimistic after these sixteen years. But I am trying also not to be pessimistic. I am trying to believe that the below “Short History of the World” will never be written in real world:

“They built the pyramides, the towers rising up to the clouds, they built flying vehicles opening holes to far galaxies and to the limits of the universe. They discovered the power of power. They used their new toys as unresponsible children of nature. This, was the end of history.”

This is all I can tell for now. I know billions of people are still trying to estimate some X values for the questions in their minds. Me? I am also hoping to find sufficient time to complete my search after hidden answers.

Mehmet Arat, 2000+X “Uzun Bir Arayisin Kisa Oykusu”, Kanguru Yayinlari, Eylul 2016,

(2000+X, “Short Story of a Long Seek”, Publisher: Kangaroo Press, September 2016)

The Value of Free Books


Once upon a time a friend of mine had prepared a brief leaflet for their exhibition at a festival. I always remembered what he mentioned about selling this single page to the visitors:

“We must charge at least a symbolic cost. Otherwise, some will just have a short look and throw it away. Most will even not have that look and just send it directly to garbage.”

I don’t feel myself like a good member of the consumer society. I think at least twice before I make a purchasing decison. This is not only for the financial cost. My personality declares me not to interfere with the environment excessively. I have a fear of giving an
irreversible harm with an unnecessary action.

But in the past, I was a collector of items like many others were, brochures, sample kits, trial offers, we were ready to take and keep anything.

I don’t remember when exactly this fact changed, but after some time, I started trying to minimize my arbitrary footprints in the universe. I gained a feeling telling “Any trace you leave must have a meaning.”

At the critical points of decision moments, I started refusing free offers unless they were absolutely necessary for me and I was ready also to pay for them. This approach was valid for years.

In the new world of global communication and interference, when I first saw the offer of University of Chicago Press, I was also at a mood of rejecting also the electronic offers due to increasing traffic of daily messages.

However, I requested free books offered by them since I had an impression telling those may have a value for me and I might find some time for at least fast reading them in a reasonable time. Besides, electronic copies did not have environmental effects and did not require physical storing spaces.

So, my free books adventure began.



Do the free books have value? How can it be measured?

The value of books can be argued from different aspects. As the commercial values of intellectual, scientific, cultural or artistic products. As the measurable values of dissemination, interaction, social effect or feedbak rate. As the academic values evaluated under standard approaches of international sciences.

Is it possible to explain the value of art product with general supply and demand curves? Production and exchange systems are not able to explain these mechanisms completely even for standard items. In the complex world of continuous communication, none of the affecting factors can give the answer alone. Dynamics of value can be worked to understand and find new criteria to define the value of tacit items.

There are many questions which can be asked. Can the trend analysis of new production and exchange forms be made completely for the new dynamic models? Is an item worthless when not paid? Is an item really worthy if it is paid and costly? Are the start-up and entry costs for sectors valid for both standard economy items and intellectual properties? What is the function of art and literature? What is their relation with economy? What are the functions of art and literature producers and consumers as independent individuals? What are their purposes? Is there a question of freedom? Are there large gaps between existing and expected situations? Is the number of questions on
values of art and literature a finite value?




In the communication age of fast living, it may not be possible to survive without “Computer Aided Life Support”.

I had once noted “Commerce At Light Speed” following the “Being Human at Light Speed”.

In today’s world, trade is important since each physical or abstract entity must have a commercial value to survive.

This, obviously creates a paradox.

At least some of the items must be kept away from the trade system, to keep the balance between moral and commercial values. However, this approach still seems to be too far to find a place in the current system.

On the other hand, life gains new meanings with the communication technologies.

I am not trying to mention medical aids, health alarm systems and monitoring.

I am focusing directly on the meaning of life for individuals. Understanding yourself, your region, your world, and the entire universe, giving a meaning for your existence, feeling you are a part of the large system, feeling you can change some of the unpleasant aspects of

Social media, being able to contact many people spread throughout the world, gives new opportunities for life. It is a new type of living for the individual, a new and probably very effective way of existing.

Can free books be the great values of the new era? Can they be the standard and perfect way of existence in the future? Can they build the interaction platform where each unique member of the world will store explanations and questions, and receive answers and new questions in a rapidly growing development cycle?

Do we need a new measurement system for evaluating the value of intellectual properties?



Are there ways of unseeing?

Does “not seeing” have the same meaning with unseeing? Is there a new way of existing?

To see or not to see.

The above description of existence follows “Ways of Seeing” (1) by John Berger (2):

“Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger’s scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.”

Ways of seeing had always included a certain amount of ways of unseeing. However, in today’s global village of communication, it is a surprise for me to witness the power of efforts for domination of the ways of unseeing against ways of seeing.

Whether it leans on word or it leans on sound, or whether it leans on image, any branch of art and literature reflects the reality from a point of view. Or more correctly, it presents only a selected portion of the reality, and besides it presents it after transforming, changing, and even distorting it.

From a point of view, it understands the reality on its own way, it commentates, explains, and tells.

With another way of looking, it does not understand or seems intentionally as if it has not understood, distorts, complicates, brings it to an ununderstandable state.

“Ways of seeing” includes “Ways of unseeing” in its composition, in a way.

While showing one aspect, it covers everywhere with a dark fog.

It hides the reality from the eyes believing it understands the truth. It hides enjoying the moment, with a great joy.

Since we tend to believe what we see with our own eyes, the importance of this effect increases in visual arts.

Crowded traces running after dominating ideas cover everywhere.

Understanding the worn and eroded external world becomes more difficult. All seeks introvert. They point only their originator. (3)



Is “Being Human at Light Speed” possible?

My memory is not good. I forget everything. Writing is therefore very valuable for me, I always take notes. I admire and love the search option of the digital world. However, it is also not a straight-forward process for finding what you want. I was not able to trace the
origin of “Being Human at Light Speed”. The only link I could find was my messages about Jane Friedman’s blog. (4)

8 Feb 12, @JaneFriedman. I noticed your note “Being Human at Electric Speed”, remembered “Thinking at Light Speed”. I think being human is more difficult.

27 Mar 12, @JodyHedlund. This is very human I think. May be an example for Jane Friedman’s “Being Human at Electric Speed” I believe sharing is living.

I also remember the works about “Commerce at Light Speed” and “Continuous Acquisition and Lifecycle Support”. An article compares USA and Japan on CALS:

“This article reports on and compares early activity in the area of electronic business in the USA and Japan arising from the introduction of the Continuous Acquisition and Lifecycle Support (CALS) initiative developed in the USA in 1985, to improve defence procurement and operational support through the use of electronic, rather than paper, media. CALS is possibly the first major e-business initiative and, as such, it has important lessons to give the present plethora of e-business activity. Included are an overview of what CALS is and how it was adopted in the two different cultural and industrial contexts. The paper concludes by summarizing possible implications of CALS for the UK.” (5)

Anyway, “Being Human at Light Speed” is not easy today. Being human was not also so easy before the information age. But it is now very difficult to know what the world really lives and feels despite the existence of online information and news channels.

I had once tried to summarize light explosions:

“While our lives are getting faster each moment, ‘Light Explosions’ gain a specific importance. When people who had lived in darkness throughout thousands of years were illuminated with fire, when information previosly transmitted with manuscripts and smoke signals were transmitted with use of printing press and electricity, a transformation process had started. Now we are in a new era of change. We have
to re-define life in a world communicating at light speed.” (6)


Either in stone or digital age, “I think, therefore I am.” (7)

Is it the same or different at light speed?

“I think, therefore I write. I write, therefore I am.”

Should “write” in this statement be interchanged with “read” at the frequency of light?

From the first signs at the caves to online daily creation of global multimedia complex, who is writing, thinking, and living? Why is she thinking? Why is he writing? Why are they living?




My free books adventure began when I first saw the offer of University of Chicago Press and then I received many interesting titles, had a short look at them, told myself “How interesting they are, I must read them as soon as possible!”

But I have not read any of the books so far. I am not pessimistic. I am sure I will read some of them one day. This is just a normal delay due to my intense schedule!

I remember a scene and a powerful comment on sea trips accross La Manche by Mr. Hastings in one of Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot novels. It was about the duration, like too short to start, too long not to do anything.

He was complaining that he could do nothing during these trips. At the beginning, he was thinking that the time was not sufficient to do anything, neither to look around and enjoy his time nor to read a book. He said he was always in a rush running from one place to another one in the ship and with this feeling, he was considering the time he spent at the ship as lost.

Isn’t this valid for life trips of most of us? Can we find the time required to live what we want to live?


The University of Chicago Press has an introduction at the web site. Following excerpts are from the information given there:

“Since its origins in 1890 as one of the three main divisions of the University of Chicago, the Press has embraced as its mission the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public
understanding, and enrich cultural life.”

“Through our books and journals, we seek not only to advance scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines but, in keeping with the University of Chicago’s experimental tradition, to help define new areas of knowledge and intellectual endeavor.”

“The Press also recognizes the obligation to match the form of our publications to our readers’ needs by pursuing innovations in print and electronic technologies.” (8)

Can free books be considered as an important support for cultural exchange and success of international programs? (9)



The first book I was interested in the publications of University of Chicago Press was Alice Kaplan’s “Dreaming in French”, “The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis”.


“Since World War II, countless American students have been lured by that vision—and been transformed by their sojourn in the City of Light. Dreaming in French tells three stories of that experience, and how it changed the lives of three extraordinary American women.”

“All three women would go on to become icons, key figures in American cultural, intellectual, and political life, but when they embarked for France, they were young, little-known, uncertain about their future, and drawn to the culture, sophistication, and drama that only Paris could offer. Yet their backgrounds and their dreams couldn’t have been more different.”


Jacqueline Bouvier: 1949–1950
“Jacqueline Bouvier was a twenty-year-old debutante, a Catholic girl from a wealthy East Coast family.”

Susan Sontag: 1957–1958
“Susan Sontag was twenty-four, a precocious Jewish intellectual from a North Hollywood family of modest means, and Paris was a refuge from motherhood, a failing marriage, and graduate work in philosophy at Oxford.”

Angela Davis: 1963–1964
“Angela Davis, a French major at Brandeis from a prominent African American family in Birmingham, Alabama, found herself the only black student in her year abroad program—in a summer when all the news from Birmingham was of unprecedented racial violence.”

“Kaplan takes readers into the lives, hopes, and ambitions of these young women, tracing their paths to Paris and tracking the discoveries, intellectual adventures, friendships, and loves that they found there.”

“For all three women, France was far from a passing fancy; rather, Kaplan shows, the year abroad continued to influence them, a significant part of their intellectual and cultural makeup, for the rest of their lives.” (10)



It is not easy to keep records even in the computer age but as far as I remember, the book on the Phoenix Poets can be one of the first books I requested.

A Charm” from David Ferry’s “Stranger” with four lines quoted below can be the first poem I read there:

“I have a twin who bears my name
Bears it about with him in shame”

“When I was brave, he was afraid
He told the truth; I lied” (11)

In the introduction of “Phoenix Poets”, “Quality of feeling underscored by quality of thought, the mind in motion, the eye and ear attentive, formal ingenuity in the service of important subjects” are specified as “some of the qualities that the series embodies” as
they “look to publish the best books of poetry being written, regardless of fashion.”

“Phoenix Poets was founded in 1982 by Robert von Hallberg and the Press, and began in 1983 to publish books by individual American and British poets. After the initial years, culminating with Donald Davie’s Collected Poems (1990), the series shifted its focus to American poets. Phoenix Poets continues to publish books distinguished by keen awareness of the history and possibilities of poetry.” (12)



Since the first one, I received many other free books. Unfortunately, I was not able to read any one of them completely. Priorities, priorities!

From a point of view, this is a failure of the program. None of the books were able to transmit a full message to me.

From another point of view, this is still a success. I was informed about the publications of University of Chicago Press and many, tens of books they published. This is far more than checking books at a book store or browsing the introductions and excerpts of books on Internet.

The anwwer is not clear and unique. Like any answer found in life, in nature or in human societies. It has a complex and transforming shape. It is not an answer but a set of new questions. Like any book which can be read. And even complex cloud of unknowns and pieces of information is not visible, stable, and permanent. It starts evaporating as soon as it touches to mind. Like any word said or heard, written or read, sent or received, shared or kept personal.

Anyway, I am very happy to have some brilliant reflections from publications of Chicago Press in my mind.

Even I know that I may not remember them after a period of time, maybe several years, maybe more, but absolutely not more than a century.

This is life as far as I know and I feel, with I have lived so far, isn’t it?


As a conclusion, what can we say? Do free books have value? Is it measurable with their impact on their current and potential readers?


1. Ways of Seeing,
2. John Berger,
3. Mehmet Arat, Gormeme Bicimleri (Ways of Unseeing),
4. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2012,
5. Tony Holden, Ruth A. Schmidt, Commerce at light speed – an international comparative evaluation of CALS strategy and implementation in
the USA and Japan,
6. Mehmet Arat, Cocuklar ve Secmenler (Children and Voters),
7. René Descartes, Cogito ergo sum,
8. About the Press,
9. International Partnerships,
10. Alice Kaplan, Dreaming in French, The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis,
11. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago Shorts, Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets, 1983 to 2012,
12. Randolph Petilos, Acquiring Editor, Phoenix Poets,

My Tweetures 2014: SORROW


Do you know what happened in 1804?

Should I give you a short break to think and make a guess?

Anyway, the answer is just below.

1804 is the year in which world population reached 1 billion.

Do you know what 7,358,664,203 is?

I believe it may be easier to guess.

It is the current world population at the moment I retrieved. (1)

So each of us was only one of the value above at that time. One divided by seven plus billions. The ratio is practically zero. It is 1.35894 e- 10, scientifically.

I regret to say, but at some time, that ratio will eventually be an actual zero for each of us, with no exclusion.


Milestones of the world population were:

7 Billions: 2011
6 Billions: 1999
5 Billions: 1987
4 Billions: 1974
3 Billions: 1960
2 Billions: 1927
1 Billion: 1804

Below values are from Twitter Usage Statistics:

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter. It took over three years, until the end of May 2009, to reach the billionth tweet.Today, it takes less than two days for one billion tweets to be sent.”

“In Twitter’s short history, we went from 5,000 tweets per day in 2007 to 500,000,000 tweets per day in 2013, which represents a six orders of magnitude increase. The intermediate steps were 300,000 tweets per day in 2008, 2.5 million tweets per day in 2009, 35 million tweets per day in 2010, 200 million tweets per day in 2011, and 340 million tweets per day when Twitter celebrated its sixth year on March 21, 2012.” (2)

Why, do you think, we are sending so many tweets? To communicate our thoughts, to share information, to relax, to enjoy ourselves, to find new ways to understand the world (or others, past, future, details of human activities), to feel we are alive, to forget we will eventually die?

Or is it just a new way of breathing to survive? Are we confident with our concepts of universe, nature, and humanity? Can we see that the world is now like a kind of Noah’s Ark, with globally connected, giant consuming centers?

Do we believe in life and respect nature? Can we live within the limits of humanity?

Or do we desperately need other beliefs to forget the eventual end, and to find reasons to keep ourselves away from evil?

What happens when the limits of humanity disappears in the heavy fog of today’s complex and violent world?

We are all telling the same story of the human kind. The direction we look may be different depending on who and where we are.

Aristotle, Balzac, Baudelaire, Byron, Dante, Dickens, Dostoyevski, Flaubert, Goethe, Gorki, Hugo, Hegel, Homeros, Machiavelli, Proust, Rousseau, Spengler, Steinbeck, Stendhal, Marx, Plato, Taine, Tolstoy, Zola, Voltaire, whoever we are, it is the single story of life in the universe as we see and feel it.

Today, we have many authors living in different parts of the world. Most of them are probably linked to their readers and to other writers in the global network. Not only the authors, billions of people are linked to eachother in the new era of twenty first century.


Do you think there is still too much pain in the world? Do you have an idea how sorrow is seen from inside or outside, in different places, by people looking from this or other side?

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How do you remember Occupy Wallstreet movement which began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district?


What about Tahrir as the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak, 2013 protests at Taksim Gezi Park in Turkey and in several Brazilian cities?



Parks can host different types of protests.


Like ‘Beach body ready’ tube advert protests planned for Hyde Park.


Extensive usage of new communication tools can be considered as the common feature of a wide range of protests.

Such movements mobilizing masses quickly are the new ways of social interference and resolution.


Will all the squares at different parts of the world be replaced by one “global virtual square” after a long period of trials and errors?

A square where real people will participate to actual protests with their avatars, share their ideas and wills, to tell decision makers and executers their actual demands.

These protests will not cause damages in public buildings, they will not require thousands and thousands riot police, no tear gas or chemical water will be necessary.

Do you think rulers have (or will have) the required skills to understand those silent messages?



Do you know how the lands you live are seen from this part of the world?

Can you see what is going on at this part of the world?

Your “this part of the world” depends on where you live. Links between different parts of the world are very strong in our age as never been in history.

Billions of people can see everything. They can see where and how others live, what they believe, what they think, how they see them.

Knowing the details of other lives can help in understanding other cultures.

But it can also give rise to an uncontrollable anger, if there is an unacceptable level difference between the other part of the world.

There is too much pain in the world. There is much more in some continents, in some regions. Can humanity speak an international language? Do all people in this world have souls?

What is “this part of the world” for you? What would you feel if you were living at Kobane now? Have you heard about the unbelievable attacks of some militants against ordinary, innocent people? Do you know how life is difficult for millions of people who had left their homes towards an unknown future? Do you know what they lived before?

What, do you think, people from other parts of the world will feel when they come and see your life?


Do you know what really happened in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and many other parts of the world in 2014?

Do you think we are safe in our global village?


The following are some of the tweetures.



OriginalBADYOGAKITTY @minamaya13 26 Dec

Please RT&SIGN! Help us put an end to cruel sport of #bear baiting in #Pakistan … via @UKChange



Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
My Tweetures 2013 via @wordpressdotcom @Porter_Anderson @aallemanwrites @MAOrthofer


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@brainpicker Reminds life and death. It is not possible to live without accepting both. #LitJuke Julia 1984


Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 15 Aug 2014
Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@AdviceToWriters Literally, it does not seem to be a good advice. #amwriting #writing #writetip


Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 09 Aug 2014
“The least they can do is not insult the memory of great writers.” @JohnBiggs on “Getting Orwell Wrong” @TechCrunch

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 09 Aug 2014
@Porter_Anderson @johnbiggs @TechCrunch Are the winners real winners in these games? Are there other losers than visible ones?



Theodora Goss @theodoragoss 09 Aug 2014

Where I was today. 🙂


Mehmet Arat ?@mehmetarat2000
@theodoragoss I was not there today. 😦



Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 14 Jul 2014
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 14 Jul 2014
@AdviceToWriters Examples of creative pauses can be useful. #writing #amwriting #fiction


Simon & Schuster ‏@simonschuster 12 Jun 2014
Stop pleasing: You can’t make everybody happy
via @DrHenryCloud & @AOL

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 12 Jun 2014
@simonschuster @DrHenryCloud @AOL A world in which we can make everybody happy could be fine. Aren’t utopias a search for that? #writing


The Paris Review ?@parisreview 09 Jun 2014
Can you protect a work of art meant to last hundreds of thousands of years? Daniel Bosch on Charles Ray’s “Hinoki”:

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Ray’s Hinoki (2007) at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo: Ed Bierman, via Flickr



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Politics_Prose Any solution for the dilemma? “So many books, so little time.”

Politics & Prose ‏@Politics_Prose 10 Apr 2014
@mehmetarat2000 All about perspective: we like to see it more as challenge, less as dilemma!


Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 10 Apr 2014
#WhatWorks14 #LBF14 @IntPublishers | @jbrandinoz “Common game mechanics…include action; rules; skills; chance – random seeds.”

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Porter_Anderson @IntPublishers @jbrandinoz Similar to story mechanics?


robertleebrewer @robertleebrewer 10 Apr 2014 Çeviriyi görüntüle
I see a poem in your future. Here’s a prompt: #amwriting


Justin Germino @poemwatch 09 Apr 2014
PoemWatch poetry News is out! … Stories via @PoetsOfTheFall @jesskristie @writershome
Natalia Sylvester @NataliaSylv 08 Apr 2014
It’s Always About Stories: Thoughts on @susangloss’s VINTAGE & the stories beneath the surface: #writing


Maria Popova ‏@brainpicker 17 Feb 2014
Umberto Eco on history’s greatest maps of imaginary places and why they appeal to us so much


Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@brainpicker Eco: “Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.” Why?



The Paris Review ‏@parisreview 16 Feb 2014
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@parisreview “Why did you not write war poems?” GRAVES: “I did. But I destroyed them.” #poetry



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014
@RickChesler @douglascorleone “Long live the sun!” My Tweetures 2012 via @wordpressdotcom



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014


@christinadelay Thank you for sharing. #fiction #shortstory


I wonder where our tweetures will be after X decades.



1. Worldometers,, Data as of August 9, 2015 at 6:31:15 AM
2. Twitter Usage Statistics,

My Tweetures 2013

Unwritten Stories Behind Tweetures

Unwritten Stories Behind Tweetures

My first tweet was a reply to Paulo Coelho. I had just read “The Alchemist”. It was therefore interesting to see his name on my screen. I already knew that the world was now in a new era of global communication. However, seeing direct responses from different people in all parts of the world were providing a further depth to understand this simple fact.

The above paragraph is from last year’s my tweetures. I just read an interview on Paulo Coelho’s new book, “Adultery”.

This year’s tweetures are shorter, they can be considered like very short face stories reminding some interactions lost in the sea of tweets.

I know technical specialists are working continuously on finding better ways to store, organize, process, access, and get use from data. But complex nature of human mind is preventing us from sailing on a still sea of ideas and thoughts. We always have storms in and between us.

We have a giant tool there, containing the answers for almost everything we want to know and help us in our ways.

But the tool is not standard for all people, for all questions and answers. Individual and different answers exist for each seeker, each question, and each volunteer stepping forward to help. A very complex organism of thoughts and ideas, acts and facts, rises and falls, hope and despair.

I wish tweetures could have written at least several stories on the power of communication.


The following are some of the tweetures.



Porter Anderson
Journalist in Publishing | Associate Editor @TheFutureBook | #PorterMeets @TheBookseller | Writing on the Ether @ThoughtCatalog | Fmr: CNN, Village Voice, UN

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 1 Jun 2013

“Slang changes. It can date your book. You can’t predict how it will evolve.” @NathanBransford #amwriting #BEA13

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 10 Jun 2013
@Porter_Anderson @NathanBransford Dialogues are difficult.Slang even more.Trapped between spoken and written,today&future.#amwriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 10 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Many good guides out there on dialogue writing, though. Keep at it. Bests with your work. @NathanBransford

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 11 Jun 2013
@Porter_Anderson @NathanBransford Dialogue should be true for novel as Nathan says, and strong to keep story alive in time. #amwriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 11 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Very well put (by you and by @NathanBransford), indeed.

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 16 Jul 2013
#Literary #authors “are, arguably, the least cloistered of all writers.” @agnieszkasshoes responds to the #Ether:

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 16 Jul 2013
@Porter_Anderson @agnieszkasshoes Cloister now contains millions. Writers, readers, and more. #ether #Writing #AmWriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 16 Jul 2013
@mehmetarat2000 We’ll add on a wing. 🙂 @agnieszkasshoes



Arleen Alleman
Former GAO senior analyst, biology, health/fitness, past jewelry design and fashion model, shop owner. Now author and speaker with 4 novels and writing.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Nov 26
@aallemanwrites @ALALibrary @tiki_toki No, no book should ever be banned. Where will it end? via @wordpressdotcom

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Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites Nov 27
@mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @tiki_toki @wordpressdotcom Absolutely! Nor should free thinking be discouraged or punished.

Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites 28 May 2013
Quotes by Darcy Farthing. Where is she coming from? Where is she going? … #fiction

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 28 May 2013
@aallemanwrites Hi Arleen. Thanks for quotes. They can tell both nothing and everything. Can they tell how to manage “trillions of events”?

Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites 28 May 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Fortunately, we all have only to manage our own events, do our best, and hope others do the same.
9:41 AM – 28 May 2013 · Details



Michael Orthofer
M.A.Orthofer = the Complete Review + the Literary Saloon

Michael Orthofer @MAOrthofer Nov 26
New review: Yoko Tawada’s Portrait of a Tongue: An Experimental Translation by Chantal Wright

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Nov 26
@MAOrthofer “readers concerned with questions of language(s)” All humans should be so, specially if they are not understood.

Michael Orthofer @MAOrthofer Nov 26
@mehmetarat2000 *should be*, yes — but too often not the case (especially in monolingual-tending US)
1:53 PM – 26 Nov 2013 · Details



Ali Luke
I’m a writer, and have two books out: Publishing E-Books For Dummies and Lycopolis. I run Writers’ Huddle, a community / teaching site – .

Ali Luke @aliventures 4 Jul 2013
@mehmetarat2000 True, though I think it’s not just a modern problemn! (great xkcd comic here — )

Ali Luke @aliventures 18 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Not sure how often I’d want to do that, personally, but fair point..!

Ali Luke @aliventures 18 Jun 2013
“The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself.” – John Mortimer #writing

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 18 Jun 2013
@aliventures In some cases,boring yourself maybe useful to bore others too,if this is what one wants to do. #writing #amwriting

Ali Luke
@mehmetarat2000 Not sure how often I’d want to do that, personally, but fair point..!



Alex Myers
I do Radio and Writing. Time Change Book 1 is only 99¢ @Amazon #writing

Alex Myers favorited your Tweet
13 Feb 2013: @Alex_Austin Ink? For now yes, but in the future it may be difficult to find “ink” without prefix “e-“. Thoughts will survive

Alex Myers favorited your Tweets
17 Jun 2013: @Alex_Austin Any permanent section of the volatile words flowing in mind can potentially be valuable. #writing #amwriting

Alex Myers favorited your Tweet
Dec 26: @Alex_Austin Alternatives of “not being distracted” part can be found, I don’t think talent can exceed 5 %.



Tara Avis
PhD in Creative Writing. Tree loving,river gazing existentialist treasure seeker with a poetic compass.

Tara Avis @RaravisHq Sep 10
@mehmetarat2000 Thank you M. Much love, gratitude. T
2:40 PM – 10 Sep 2013 · Details

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Sep 12
@RaravisHq @wordpressdotcom It was a pleasure to work on that. Thanks a lot.

Tara Avis @RaravisHq Sep 13
@mehmetarat2000 @wordpressdotcom You’re v welcome M. The feeling is absolutely mutual.



Metered thoughts, quotes from whatever I’m reading and the odd poem.

@RaravisHq @sisika_ @HudsonPhilipd @opheliasings @dogfish9 @alainguillemain @mehmetarat2000 @mrsdarkly I’m touched x

10:22 AM – 27 Sep 2013



Author & Advocate ¦ Social entrepreneur ¦ My Books: ¦ @wintergoosepub & @hallwayproject ¦ Love #Poetry

Butterfly @jesskristie Nov 26
@mehmetarat2000 Thanks my friend for including me 🙂
5:49 PM – 26 Nov 2013



Erika Robuck
2015) East Coast ·

Erika Robuck retweeted you
31 Dec 2012: @ErikaRobuck I wish a happy and prosperous new year! Let fairies of inspiration be with 2013.