Increasingly, artists and writers are turning to social media to create work and expand their audiences. These digital platforms trigger a new urgency of particularly politically minded artists. They are curating, producing and sharing their work in innovative new ways, speeding up the production of writing and circumventing traditional constraints on content.
New technologies are shaping new artistic work–tweets become novels, blog posts turn into creative manifestos. Technology is also reimagining classic work. Older novels are given new life with unexpected endings re-written and released into the digisphere.
This conversation examines social media’s long-term consequences for literature and writing. As the Internet offers a platform for the unheard and the potential to reach new audiences, how do new voices emerge and what are the new forms of constraint they face? How do African writers and voices fit into the emerging digital landscape? While the Internet allows the circumvention of older Eurocentric models of publishing that limited older generations of African writers, how is the rising generation of creative artists addressing new forms of the digital divide? With access to a world of writers on your mobile device, who should you be reading?
This Google Hangout event will be a public conversation amongst readers and writers passionate about the written word and its power to influence politics and society.
Sean Jacobs of Africa as a Country
Jesse Shipley (Host)