Ceux qui s’intÃ©ressent au futur de la littÃ©rature ne voudront pas manquer cet article publiÃ© dans le Village Voice en dÃ©cembre dernier: Bloggers Vs. an Author: No one Wins.
Il y est question des changements dans le monde de l’Ã©dition, des tournÃ©es de livre qui tournent horriblement mal et de la rencontre souvent douloureuse entre les auteurs et les blogueurs.
« The state of publishing is such that you can get all these great things, but people don’t talk about the work. They talk about you, » says Strauss. « There used to be serious critics and an audience. . . . Now, the audience is also in the critic business. » The model becomes Amazon, « where any cranks complaining about books can have the same weight as The New York Times. »
This should provide an example of Web democracy in action. But consider the fact that every writer I know nudges his friends and relatives to offset the mob rule by sending their own glowing reviews to Amazon and similar sites. The result is a culture where everything is a five-star book, and everything is fraudulent. It’s not so much democracy but a corruption of the public square, one that doesn’t so much improve writing as it forces each writer to become his own corporate PR department.
For Strauss, the result is a sort of vast, cultural « rot, » extending across art, music, and cinema, as well as writing. « We have created sort of a post-talent age, » where what began as the heroic overthrow of cultural elites has now devolved to the craven capitulation to the mob: « It’s commercial elitism as opposed to intellectual elitism. »
L’article se termine tout de mÃªme sur une toute petite note d’espoir Ã propos de l’apport du Web en gÃ©nÃ©ral et des blogues.
Yet Hitt still feels that the potential of the blogosphere to revive an older, more valid form of argument far outweighs the weird, angry graffiti.
« The Internet’s returned us all to these sort of 19th-century critics who are trying to judge us by our voice, who are trying to hear the way our soul came through, » says Hitt. « Television just turned us all into courthouse gabbers. [That sort of] punditry is much more awful than anything the blogs have to offer. »