Visual Essay Part IV

Letters in English are only signifiers, which in no consistent way relate to their naturally occurring object, that which is referred to in the speech environment. Basically, a language doesn’t say anything without its referents being tangible or experienced things. If an alien reads a Shakespeare poem about a leaf falling but has no idea what a leaf is, then it doesn’t f*cking matter. It’s lost. Gone. Kaput. We require the environment in which the language is written as much as we need to be familiar with the language itself  to relate its information in meaningful ways.

A Dusk / A Dawn
Graphic versions of phonetic phrases.

Put up against internet accessible video, audio, text, ad infinitum, blocks and blocks of phonetic text won’t keep human beings engaged (I think we should be more concerned with human beings than idealized knowers of things that are important). Books and their languages eventually will be relegated to college classics departments that house rotten volumes of literary criticism and tax codes. In the meanwhile, literature will peak and node over holographic screens, or at least look really neat in internet GIFs. 

Note for a Novelist
Why can’t novels have more interesting text?

Poetry has already proven that it is capable of accepting a heavier graphic load than other literatures by example of concrete, visual, and modernist poets among others.

In the modern era of technological advancement we are seeing writing take new forms which will result in readers wanting visually engaging literature to match. The popularity of nature photographs with quotes written over them in itself is an example of how willing people are to enjoy language in styles typically reserved for advertising and branding. Language use is changing, and poets need to change with it. 

Avante! Avante!  lol


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