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Media and socio-cultural communication, 6. HUMANITIES, General literature studies
This article considers the status of the writer at a time when publication is no longer elusive, given the immediacy of online dissemination. For those who identify as writers, it looks at the implications of blogging, social media, entrepreneurial self-publishing, and scholarly open access journals, including so-called ‘predatory’ ones. It argues for a distinction between day-to-day writing and composition, and seeks to establish a category for the writer that takes account of deliberation, craft, and readership. It juxtaposes the creative activity of Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote, and Mother Goose against the linguist John McWhorter’s convincing dismissal of the alleged decline of language in today’s world.
Norton, S. All the World's a Page: Towards a Definition of 'Writer' in an Age of Opportunity: American, British, Canadian Studies (DeGruyter: Lucian Blaga University Press), Vol. 25, Dec. 2015. doi:10.1515/abcsj-2015-0004