Today I checked most of my e-literature magazines bookmarks. I had some unexpected free time. It was usual suspects. I found no new links. They are mostly USA/UK based and usually connected to dedicated people form the world of the university. I do respect their efforts a lot. What I don’t like is that all of those on-line magazines show a bit of a backward attitude towards design and completely lack any social networking activity (beside some marginal and self contained Facebook and Twitter accounts). Like nothing had happened in last 10 years or so. But it did. The core of the internet use had changed – but you can’t see that in those e-literature magazines (i.e. in their form and interaction possibilities).
Shouldn’t they be the cutting edge of the current internet affairs? Also form wise – as much the form is the content (or at least part of it)? Where is a dialog with the geek developers? Designers? Information architects? E-literature evangelists and PR people (have you seen one outside the closed e-literature circle)? And all those people?
Is it really all about the text in e-literature? Or it should be part of today’s alpha web development? I don’t think it is. Some authors and others involved might be – but in general? And to all those literature fans out there – are they (we) at least trying to reach them? Is this an author’s problem? Or is there a lack of promoters in e-literature? Not in university – out there where the cut-out-of-our-communications-readers are?
There was some mentioning of e-literature being dead. I could not disagree more but then – are we really talking to the people or just among ourselves?
Am I wrong about this – please let me know in the comments, I would love to read your take on this.