Is e-literature just one big anti-climax?

An intentionally provocative and thought-provoking article in the Guardian last weekend by Andrew Gallix, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2008/sep/24/ebooks. I wish I could comment further on this one, but I’m too busy creating the anti-climaxes at the moment to spend a decent amount of time talking about them ;)

I do particularly like Dene Grigar’s comment in the discussion beneath the article:

“Isn’t it a tiny bit ironic that folks reading the Guardian online and seeming so comfortable in its electronic environment may eschew another form of writing that was once only found in print-based contexts?” (Sep 25 08, 3:57pm)

For some earlier and similar discussions see –

2 Comments

  • dene says:

    Chris,

    Thanks for the comment. The reaction to elit from some of the folks responding to Gallix’s article in the Guardian reminded me of a faculty member from my former university who in the late 1990s challenged me about the benefit of computer technology in the Humanities. When I asked her how she had gotten to school that day, she replied, “by car.” She saw no connection between the technology of the car and walking and the technology of the computer and writing. That lack of logic is weird to me.

    –Dene

  • Chris Joseph says:

    Hi Dene,

    yes, these kinds of reactions against elit are certainly very illogical in that way! Part of me is happy that people love their print books so much, but I have never worked out where the apparent fear of electronic versions ‘replacing’ print comes from. I don’t know any e-writers who have claimed this as an intention or a likely end result. But it certainly makes a provocative article, which is possibly why the topic is rehashed so regularly…

    best,
    chris