As Dead as Disco


Goodbye to All That, Wasserman
EL237--Writing About Literature

The health of a society is always best measured by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens.

If that is the case, then the society of journalism is one step closer to hell (no offense). In a world that is so fast placed, we don't appreciate what literature does to improve our culture and society. Unless the books has a brand name attach to it, it will be a cold day in hell for a review or an ad for that book to be published. The title I choose is that public discourse about literature is now a dying beast on the side of the road of culture. Books don't bring too much money and that is why not a lot of people write. In my Writing of Poetry class, we discussed how poor writers (espiecially poets) could end up if they do not find an alternative to writing for a living. In the same sense, literature is losing it's fame and it has gone the way of the black and white television. I do have a question however:

Should we trust Journalism with the hope of reviving literature?


I think the only thing we can trust with the hope of reviving literature is the intended audience. Let's face it. Journalism, as well as any form of media, focuses on what will make the most money...what will sell the most papers. If it doesn't seem worth while, it doesn't stand a chance. In this day and age, literature is not exactly popular. As a result, there will not be much in the way of promotion. If more people start picking up books--therefore making it more popular--then it will receive more attention in the media.

Society has definately de-valued books. Many people only read online news, which is mostly tabloids, and television entertainment shows, which is alos a form of tabloid.

Journalism may not be literature, but it aims to educate as well as inform. Tabloid writers are not journalists. They are peddlers of smut, and we must not get the two groups confused, lest we melt the two together.