Cultural thoughts from Mario Vargas Llosa


U. Montan-Nobelprize.org

In an interview with Andres Oppenheimer Mario Vargas Llosa laments the change in culture to what he calls “show culture” which I think is akin to the concept of dumbing-down.

Mario Vargas Llosa says in a new book that we are living in a “culture of entertainment” in which everything — including literature, journalism, politics and sex — is becoming increasingly trivial, and that this phenomenon can have disastrous consequences to mankind.

He explains that he has nothing against having fun, but fears that “when we turn culture into only a form of amusement, into only a light way of having a good time, then culture loses its traditional function, which is to be…something that creates a critical attitude that helps us constantly put into question those things that we normally believe are unmistakable truths.”
Vargas Llosa said that, nowadays, “light” literature designed to amuse audiences is killing literature as an art form. In today’s 140-character Twitter world, there could not be a new Leo Tolstoy, James Joyce or Jorge Luis Borges, among other things because the Internet is shortening people’s attention span, and making it increasingly difficult for many to read books.
The book is currently only available in Spanish, but once translated into English I’d be interested in reading it; or at least bits a pieces cut into Tweet-sized segments that I can digest!!!

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DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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