Every time a new communication form is created, culture inevitably shifts, and E-literature’s effect on culture will surely change the way we think about poetry, animation and programming. While it has great potential to challenge the dominant poetic medium, great improvements must be made to the way in which E-literature is produced. One can criticize the current offerings for consisting of primarily “look what I can do” qualities, however it is important to recognize that without innovation, change does not occur, and that these are the beginnings of what could be a revolutionary movement in visual culture. Because of the unprecedented access to software that allows for artists to create animations and upload for anyone in the world on the internet, this art form has the potential to spread its use to political and social movements across cultural boundaries.
Yet still, the general consensus seems to be that we cannot appreciate this art form. Perhaps our gaming culture has given us unrealistic expectations when viewing these works, or perhaps the creators of such works should be listening more to the desires of their potential audience. In the past ten years alone, the capabilities of graphical technologies has changed drastically, and perhaps in another ten years, the look of E-literature will have changed so drastically that we will put more importance into the way we regard this medium.
In 1999, Nokia led the industry in sales of cell phones that were designed to be used as a mobile version of a landline. Text messaging, often viewed with contempt by most cell phone users, was a new communication option on these phones. Viewed as both insulting to the receiver and to anyone who professed a passion for proper grammar, this communication method quickly grew once the youth market began to purchase cell phones and use the text feature to send messages in the same style and frequency of internet chat room conversations. Without this surge in text messaging from younger users, the cell phone would not have become what it is today, an interface used for almost every kind of communication. When a niche segment of the market catches on to a new technology and changes its use, the evolution of that technology can begin to take place, and this is what needs to happen in order to grow the viewership of E-literature. When the utility value of this medium is no longer the driving force, then the social and political uses can become the focus of the development of the medium, which will lead to many mutations that will forever change not only E-literature itself, but perhaps the way we express ourselves, the way we share information, and the way in which we organize people.
“In the year three thousand and thirty everybody wants to be a producer”
–Del tha Funkee Homosapien