Let the good times roll!
Some pundits blame MTV for the short attention span of viewers. Everywhere we go we are bombarded by information. Multi-tasking is a buzz word for the zip-zip world we live in. There is never enough time. We want and need our data right now. Through the Internet we can connect almost immediately to nearly anyone anywhere in the world. If flash fiction did not already exist it would have to be invented.
There’s something mystical about an entire story with a setup, a buildup and a payoff all being contained within, oh, 300 to 1,200 words. The computer screen was made for flash fiction and flash fiction was made for the computer screen.
What should be the ultimate goal of flash fiction writers? To produce work that revitalizes the language; to produce work read by the many and studied in our halls of higher learning; to ultimately have the very short story take its rightful place alongside the poem, short story and novel as one of the great forms of literature.