David Foster Wallace was right, they say: I think Scocca was mostly right. Ashby and Carroll, though, are working with a different binary than snark and smarm.
Sep 25, Scott rated it liked it Some of this seems incredibly dated while other aspects are perfect predictions of the future. Wallace admits he was a television junkie and could be distracted for hours from the glow while being depressed and becoming more depressed from more television.
His insights into television as an academic is a marvel. It is obvious he spent much time both actively and passively absorbing televisions and then critically thinking about this subject.
I think the greatest critique from this essay is regar Some of this seems incredibly dated while other aspects are perfect predictions of the future. I think the greatest critique from this essay is regarding the advertising industry. The advertising industry attempts to sell individuality while preaching conformity, it was right there in front of my face and I never made that conclusion, I will thank this essay for this.
Now how does all this effect fictional writers? This is in the title of the essay and should be the blunt of the argument.
Wallace claims the use of irony is no longer plausible in an ironic age of knowing TV and specifically advertising is being ironic. So what is the fictional writer to do? There are two sides of the argument of having pop culture references in novels. One argument is that it will date the novel in an unintelligent fashion the other argument is leaving out these references would be leaving out a significant portion of the culture.
I think references to certain movies and stars or especially certain advertising will date a book. Making a reference in to Cary Grant will not date a book because he is a part of the collective conscious at this point.
So is Star Wars and soon to be Harry Potter, these are cultural phenomenon and part of the public domain. Wallace is arguing submerging all elements of pop culture, and culture itself, specifically television culture with its advertising into a work of fiction but in a reverent ironic way.
His example of this is My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist have not read this. This essay is about fiction and serious fiction at that. Since the advent of television writers are no longer celebrities. At one point Ernest Hemingway was the most recognizable person in America, when Wallace wrote this in maybe Mel Gibson was the most recognizable person, in Kim Kardashian is the most recognizable person.
The decline in culture is easily recognizable as well as inescapable. People have different taste in culture and in high culture, as Wallace points out, these tastes differ greatly compared to low culture, which what television is and its purpose is access the most viewers possible.
How does this effect serious writers who are competing with so much more now in the way of distractions in compared to in when this was written?
Video games, satellite radio, streaming programs on-line for music, and not to mention the distraction of social networks, and cell phone usage leave hardly any time for serious reading.
These distractions have been inevitable but how are these to be incorporated into serious fiction? It was about culture and incorporating it into serious fiction in a way that is either ironic, which according to Wallace is no good since TV already knows its being ironic or reverent irony.
It was a style that merged his every man persona with his academic one. This essay unfortunately took me a long time to read and I may need to reread it again begrudgingly to understand further what Wallace is attempting to get at.Feb 23, · We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace yunusemremert.com, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into yunusemremert.com now three.
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Wallace, David Foster, E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction, Review of Contemporary Fiction, (Summer) p David Foster Wallace essay on the effect television has had on his generation of writers.
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