Jan 06 2009
Do you have the attention span to read an e-novel that spins its yarn in 140 character increments?
The latest edition of The New Yorker explains the new literary phenomenon in Japan: novels appearing in mobile-phone byte-sized chunks, a craze started by a young Japanese professional bored with her post-academic options.
In the U.S., fueled by the popularity of Twitter-sized communication bytes, two sites, QuillPill and Textnovel, have taken up said cause. What may be lucrative in Japan may not “translate” to American cultural radar, but there seems to be momentum to put information–and, now, “art”–in its quickest, most digestible form.
Is this a way to get your students finally to read Moby Dick, The Bell Jar, or Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Is it needed discipline or merely artificial constraint that provokes one to compose (and read) within such strictures? Is its impact to increase or reduce literacy in the digitally-saturated marketplace?
Stay tuned. Or logged-in.