Hm... now pleased with last post so will throw another question into the air and see if anybody catches it- this is fun!- and I'm feeling naughty now.
The author, the writer, as a function... is a storyteller, an entertainer- yes? no? Or an activist, a political mover with the power to change things.
How much influence does a writer have? Enough to change the world?
Had dear old G.W. Bush been watching too much Lord of the Rings?
So an author... musician... rapper... artist... beyond being openly controvesial, how much power do we thing artists HAVE in the real world? Tell me, I'm dieing to know! ;-)