Does literature still possess enough recognition to influence the masses?
something being available doesn't mean the masses use it, besides
adverts is not literature
FB is not literature
google is not fucking literature even if it does help you with your homework
my doctor is not a fucking book
technology is not literature
even look at the latest trends on social media with the hook titles and the literary tricks that get people to click and read their garbage its all related to literature like basically pretty much literary forms are a huge part of internet media which is the most influential form of media right now in real life
Replace that with 'mass communication' and you'll be spot on.
4chan -- like all social media but particularly moreso on account of the posts -- is very much literature its pomo as fug like its just hundreds of millions of fragments of information thats only related through a culture and that paints a caricature of each boards like basically every board is full of unnamed unreliable narrators talking with each other forever how is it not literature
ya but mass communication can be literary and in this case it is