Writing and the Future


Do you ever wonder if anyone is listening to what you’re saying? The very idea of blogging/vlogging/ pod casting or some other social medium of original content is under the belief that someone wishes to listen or read to what you’re saying. But what does all of this even amount to? Over the last decade tons of people have become famous just by voicing their minds on the internet how many writers have exploded into success from their own writings on the web? It’s baffling how the internet has provided so many of us the ability to voice our minds even the stupid things, but it has strengthened a community of writers separated by thousands of miles able to come together in one place.

It makes me think the future of writing as a craft. I attended Keyport High School and the lack of literacy among the students was terrible. While the school possessed some bright minds, it was far outweighed by those who opposed the written word or those who even could read. Once I attended my first semester of college, I discovered many new readers and writers, but I’ve still discovered that the most popular entertainment media is visual. The general conception of many youth is why should I read the book when I can watch the movie? And that’s the kind of culture we are involved with today, one of instant gratitude. Reading a book may take days or weeks, but watching a movie will take two hours.

 

I have a question for all of you, what do you think will happen to writing as a entertainment medium in a year? 5 years? 25 years? Will anything change? Will the internet create or destroy us?

 

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About Damian Rucci

D.F. Rucci is a writer, blogger, and a musician from a small town in New Jersey. View all posts by Damian Rucci

8 responses to “Writing and the Future

  • Robin

    Hi, Damian, Good to see you’re still blogging. I agree that the current state of literature is a bit depressing, but I think that somehow we will find a way to adapt. People are still buying books — albeit not at the rate they once were. And think about all the writing and reading that is being done electronically, that the brick and mortar bookstores never see. I wonder if what is needed isn’t a way to get electronic books into the hands of more students. Of course, some k-12 schools are doing this by giving kids computers or iPads or the like, but not enough to have considerable impact. We have to teach our kids to read — not just to recognize words, but to love stories. If the schools are behind on this (and I believe they are), we’re going to have a somewhat illiterate populace.

    Just my two cents. I enjoyed your post. I’m blogging again, too, at http://www.subsequentchapters.com, if you care to take a look.

  • Marilyn

    Those are some interesting thoughts. I think the internet is a double-edged sword, but I also believe that its positive aspects outweigh its negative ones.

    I think the problem with literacy in the U.S. anyway (I imagine it is similar elsewhere), is due more to the advances in technology rather than just the internet. I have taught several classes as a teaching assistant at a respectable state college. It never ceases to amaze me how utterly unprepared students are for the demands I make of them…especially when they are juniors and seniors. I think technology – emailing, texting, yahoo news blurbs – have made many people far too resistant to expressing themselves in full sentences or to reading articles that are more than a paragraph long.

    However, the internet, in addition to being an amazing tool of social change, especially among communities that do not have access to any other voice (I am thinking internationally here), has also changed the publishing world. First of all, I do not believe that physical books will ever go out of style…unless we start running out of materials to make them because we have used up all our resources. I hope I am right here, because honestly our reliance on technology is reaching scary proportions. Nevertheless, I have recently delved into the e-book world and what I realize is being able to have control over your own publication can be incredibly rewarding. Yes, it means that your readership may not be that wide, or that you won’t be able to quit your day-job, but the past alternative – publishing with a pub house or nothing at all – is definitely preferable.

    I have mixed feelings about the way the publishing world has changed over the past 100 years or so – at least the way that I understand it. At one point in time, many books were not published unless they were good. Then, more books started being published and they were not all worth reading. I had a friend from South America visit me in the States and one of the comments he made was how books meant more in his country because they didn’t just publish anything. I lived overseas as well and I remember my first trip to a Borders after I got back. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t look at any individual books – I just wandered around the store.

    It seems I have started rambling, so I just want to say one more thing. I LOVE television. It is one of my favorite mediums, and yeah, sometimes I watch too much of it when I could be reading instead. But I do read, and I do write. And I watch t.v. I have a feeling that it may seem like visual media is overtaking the written word, but I do not think that is true. People who do not read would still not read if there was nothing to watch. And you’re right, because a movie takes 2 hours to watch we can consume more of it than the books we read.

    Anyway, those are some of my ruminations and thanks for the though-provoking post!

  • Sisyphus47

    OK, no 1 I am not depressed, your questions are the right ones, and they were asked by people facing the revolution of the printing press all those centuries back: the advent of the www and its spin-offs is of a similar ilk, a switch in paradigm, as Mr Kuhn was keen to explain: we have a great future, and, no2, literature will live, boosted by incredible technology! Best wishes 🙂

  • urbannight

    I don’t really understand the mentality of finding the movie to watch rather than reading the book. They often deviate. I have the perfect example. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t read the original Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein until two years ago. I was appalled. My soul screamed out in rage. The story I thought I knew was NOTHING like the real story. I felt like I had been told a pack of lies. So little of the real story made it into the version that has become a cultural icon.

  • James Garcia Jr

    Very heavy question. I would suggest that the mediums of music, books, movies and video games will always be. What changes is how they are produced, manufactured, shared, etc. I think there will always be a need for a good story.
    Thanks for asking.

    -Jimmy

  • Damian Rucci

    Wow thanks for these amazing comments. I agree of course, I believe that literature is a better medium for entertainment. I thrive on it and I’m always reading and writing. So maybe my view is somewhat bias, but I hope literature survives at least in popular culture. I think that the E-reader has revived the book for many people due to its convenience.

    And movies while good, will and can never reach the power of the book. Name one movie that is better than the book? I can’t even think of one. Maybe in 20 or so years we’ll see a boom in audio-books where the average consumer utilizes them, I can see this happening with the rise of audio-based tech like Siri and those super fancy cars.

    Let’s see what the future holds.

  • urbannight

    I would use more audio books if so many were not abridged and if they didn’t cost so much. They are best for road trips but also great for house cleaning. A t.v. show results in a need to see the visual aspect. Audio books don’t so you get more cleaning done. It would also be handing for workouts. I find things with a plot help me work out longer than music. But so few of the books I really like are turned into audio books. Or maybe the stores just don’t stock them.

    • Damian Rucci

      I agree I’ve never actually listened to an audio book I just can’t deal with the high price. Even on audible most are outrageously priced. Maybe in the future they’ll be more affordable. We can only hope

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