Meming Ourselves to Death

SUBMISSION TO THE REAL

The duty of the writer is to avoid cant and cliche whenever possible. And with that fact established, we should wonder what kind of good writing is possible in an intellectual environment centered around social media. For conversation on social media is either of such brevity that not much can be conveyed, or relies on memes to convey a point, and memes by their very nature are cliches.

Yet all around us we see reality and art conforming to the necessitites of the meme. This is surely fatal to any enjoyment of either reality or art. But certainly it is not surprising, given the needs of our electronic environs. One cannot convey any very long or complex ideas via social media. Tweets are limited to 280 characters, and tweets are the platonic ideal of social media. Any longer post is an essay better read on paper, or merely something to…

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