Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I want to write Disruptive Fiction

Literary Revolution in the Supermarket Aisle: Genre Fiction Is Disruptive Technology | Entertainment | TIME.com

It's oddly appropriate that a piece like this is in Time, a magazine I think too little of to despise or even consciously ignore. I don't agree with everything Lev Grossman says, but I completely agree with something he suggests, which I'll elaborate on: revolutions always come from below. Elites are conscious of their position, simultaneously smug and fearful, so they are only comfortable with tweaks to what they know. This applies to conservatives and liberals within the elite—they quibble over degrees of change within their worldview, but can't imagine anything outside it. And so they sneer at what they fear.