Social Media Laureates?

So I was just reading about the awarding of the U.S. Poet laureate award to Juan Felipe Herrara, a very well-deserved honor to the first Latino to attain this prestigious position. Certainly well-deserved recognition for a man who has also worked as an actor, playwright and musician, in addition to receiving awards for fiction and nonfiction for young children and adults.

Now this makes me wonder if there will someday be awards given to social media commentators? Maybe the real question is whether this type of media is really literature after all. Probably not in the sense of traditional publications in print form, but the media of expression in the virtual world is much more an open platform.

Who will eventually decide what is worthy of national or international distribution when we all can become publishers of what we express through digital media?

Ray Myers


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