There was an interesting article in the Weekend Australian by Geordie Williamson that looks at the influence blogging has had on literary style. Throughout the article, Williamson frequently likens the blogger to the digital filmmaker. He goes on to say that both artforms are ‘no longer a technological curiosity but an established means of communication, with its own establishment figures and young turks, its canons of merit and critical gatekeepers, and a set of advantages over the printed word that inspire utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares in equal measure.’
The article focusses on the recent release of Miscellaneous Voices: Australian Blog Writing No. 1, edited by Karen Andrews. Williams argues that pieces such as Mike Lynch’s tweeting of Ulysses lose their impact on the page, as ‘the eye cannot skip a beat before revealing the punchline’, while much of the poetry and fiction seems liberated on the clear expanse of the page, no longer having to share the screen with what he calls ‘the necessary impedimenta of the blogosphere’ (colourful headers, archive listings etc…). While I am an avid (maybe even rabid) online reader, there is some truth in these words, but not to the extent that poetry is ‘betrayed by the internet’s polyamorous nature’ as Williams argues.
I also don’t agree with Williams when he states that poetry has failed to create a vigorous online presence, but an article that questions us is one worth reading I think… so if you are keen to read the complete article, here’s the link: When Bloggers Enter the Literary Fray.