With the rise of the Web, writing has met its photography. By that, I mean that writing has encountered a situation similar to that of painting upon the invention of photography, a technology so much better at doing what the art form had been trying to do that, to survive, the field had to alter its course radically. If photography was striving for sharp focus, painting was forced to go soft, hence impressionism. Faced with an unprecedented amount of available digital text, writing needs to redefine itself to adapt to the new environment of textual abundance.
Against Expression. An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (2011), by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith (eds.)internet, language, metaworks, technology, theory, writing
Sunday, January 27th, 2013