Touch the firehose of ds106, the most recent flow of content from all of the blogs syndicated into ds106. As of right now, there have been 92406 posts brought in here going back to December 2010. If you want to be part of the flow, first learn more about ds106. Then, if you are truly ready and up to the task of creating web art, sign up and start doing it.

Storytelling Three-point-wha?

Posted by

What does digital storytelling have to do with web 2.0? The curmudgeon in me thinks of that as an unholy confluence of buzzwords that ought not be mixed. For that matter, digital storytelling?  Really?  Charles Dickens and the rest of the brit lit crowd is real storytelling. It’s good enough for me; it ought to be good enough for anyone.

But let’s think this through. Dickens. He wasn’t exactly high literature in his day, was he? After all, he wrote serials for periodicals – not  the noble medium of the bound book. Then what happened next? Radio. Cinema. Television. A series of new mediums, each becoming another place where stories are told. Accordingly, there’s no reason why the internet shouldn’t be explored as a new way to tell stories. It being new doesn’t necessarily make it better or worse than prior means, rather it’s merely different.

So yes: I do like to read books and watch movies. But I think there is room enough in my life to entertain the notion of another avenue, room enough to explore it. The idea of spreading a story across blogs, twitter, and flickr – or more generally, telling it through a web 2.0 paradigm – is a bit strange to me. It’s non-linear, possibly ephemeral, and different. It’s uncomfortable. But it’s simultaneously new territory, with possibility, with potential. It’s not just a chance to tell a story, but more importantly, a chance to tell it in ways that people haven’t experienced before. The medium is the message.1

I found this to be a convincing case for the potential of the medium. Read background info here.

Add a comment

ds106 in[SPIRE]