Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023     Pp. 226-245 

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 The Impact of Social Media on Literature 

Saed Jamil Shahwan
Department of English, Faculty of Arts
Hail University, Hail, Saudi Arabia


Received:09/24/2022         Accepted:12/29/2022                 Published:  01/20/2023


Literature is one of society’s broad and significant elements because it shows how people interact and socialize. The objective of literature is education and entertainment through songs, poems, stories, and drama. However, a challenge that limits production and access to literary content is media. Traditionally, media used to convey literature material, such as books, television, radio, and theatres were limited to people who could afford or access venues. Consequently, the spread of literary content was limited to specific areas. However, media and information technology advancement has created a paradigm shift in the production and dissemination of literary content. This research evaluated the effects of media advancement in enhancing literature’s production, dissemination, and consumption. Importantly, this research will explain the types of media technology and how they affect literature. Literature has experienced changes because media provides advanced methods of producing and disseminating literary content. There is a significant difference between literature produced during the Elizabethan era and the industrialization period and those produced in the digital age. Writing technology was the earliest approach to generating literature, and this has evolved into digital technology that generates audio-visual content. Media has also influenced the globalization of literature by enabling access to literary works across countries and cultures. Media technology has simplified the production of literature and provided digital channels for showcasing literary work, making digital a significant contributor to social and economic development. Media development has supported advancement in literature.
Keywords: Digital Content , Evolution of Literature, Literature, Media Theory, Social Media

Cite as:  Shahwan, S. J. (2023). The Impact of Social Media on Literature. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023:226-245.


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Received: 09/24/2022  
Accepted: 12/29/2022 
Published: 01/20/2023  

Dr. Saed Jamil Shahwan is an Associate Professor of English Literature. He currently teaches in the Department of English Language at the University of Hail, in Saudi Arabia. He has previously taught at Zarqa University in Jordan. He has published several articles in the area of English literature in many international journals. His areas of interest are poetry, novel, drama, and critical theory. ORCID: