The tale of a modern life. Shana Greatman Swers a modern woman, lives out her life on facebook, possibly a little more than most, but it's not all that unusual after all. What is unusual is this Washington Post story. I wonder is this article a modern take on the epistolary tale?
Or is it just lazy journalism? A journalist who decides to sling together facebook updates, because the updates are the story, and call that a story? I'm not sure. It is an interesting article. A gripping, yet ultimately tragic tale. That I don't think suffers from the facebook update presentation. But then I use facebook regularly. I wonder if it makes as much intuitive sense to those four people left who aren't on facebook yet? Would they even bother to read the article?
I do love the epistolary novel. Done well, they're one of my favourite styles. I think it works well in the standard, classic format (although I did only manage to get about 5 pages into Clarissa, I think that will have to be something for when I retire). I've read modern ones that consist merely of post-it notes on the fridge door (which I loved). I have drawn the line thus far in reading novels written in texts- I think they're for young people, much like doof-doof music. Is this article the next stage? A natural progression? I really don't know. The format made me very uneasy for some reason, even though I really enjoyed reading the article, and was incredibly moved by Shana's story.