I have spoken to many experts in the field of commercial and scholastic writing, and it seems formal composition must change. While there are some armchair philosophers that would claim our society lives in a current blur of ignorance, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The old die hards just can’t wrap their minds around the idea that “knowledge” isn’t measured anymore by the interpretive ability one might employ in analyzing a Shakespeare text. It isn’t even about retaining information at this juncture, but more, how fast one can access it.
We are living in the most literate society in history, where each morning citizens wake up and can publish their thoughts. Whether or not this is a dangerous thing, or more, something that exposes our lack of judgment and emotionality more than what would be better as our guarded (and self-edited) intellect, is finally a political argument for another day.
The fact is that books must change. Movies have already started to shift. Theaters have torn out the seats and put in those more comfortable in a clear statement that not so many are going to the movies anymore! It seems the one and a half to two hour film has become passe and the ideas are all based on copies of copies (how many fucking Spiderman movies can one really stand?)
Plainly, a lot of the good current writing is in series work on new platforms like Amazon, strange, when those same old die hards claim the youth is addicted to short texts and acronyms.
I propose that the genres have to merge. The next big thing is going to be music and story as true hybrid. My vote is metal and horror, though one can’t be the “real art” and the other the “cheap advertisement.”