Nepotism and Flashmobs in Internet Groups

I think, sadly, because of the world recession and the exponential commercialisation of fiction via literary agents, and the arrival of ebooks, it means that new fiction works residing in real books – as susceptible to literary theory or other traditional thoughtful reviewing – will increasingly be left to the interests of an internet coterie. But this allows the danger of nepotism, of course. But a deliberate conscious approach to the text itself rather than to the author may avoid this danger within any coterie.

I think both nepotism and ‘flashmobs’ within internet communities are fed from the same roots of human nature. I repeat my general point that close observance to the book’s text alone – rather than to the author’s background or intentions or the book as part of a writing career etc. – would go some way to solving this. Dare I say that I try to do this in my Real-Time Reviews

You’ll never do away with human nature. And both sides of an internet argument are capable of rustling up ‘flashmobs’ to their aid. And a lot of people have received black marks unjustifiably and justifiably for all manner of different internet arguments in recent years … without due attention to the subtlety of that argument, a subtlety that is more obvious when in face to face debate.

 Brainstorming further, if we can cumulatively add adjustable ‘baffles’ into the communication pipeline to stop anything flowing through other than disciplined textual analysis – then for the better. For the better, in the new special circumstances of the internet.

 I reckon also that someone should experiment on publishing un-bylined or late-labelled or anonymous fiction.

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  1. Interesting argument. Certainly anonymous or late labelled work would force people to focus on the work itself (as you did with the Nemonymous series), but a combination of human nature and the new realities of publishing and career building won’t allow an approach like this to be taken on more than an occasional/experimental/novelty basis.

    Like it or not, the vast number of writers out there are clamouring for recognition and are using every available means to get their name up in lights. POD, eBooks, Facebook, the blogoshere, cheap or free website building programmes are all brilliant and wonderful ways for writers to increase their exposure and move closer to making a living or at least spend more time at writing.

    The downside, of course, is it’s now much easier to get total dross out there than it used to be and many ‘writers’ can now ‘fabricate’ a ‘career’ and attempt to build a ‘fanbase’ on the back of very little actual work being done or published.

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