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Evolution of Storytelling

Although I have stated before that I am eternally devoted to print books, I give props to technology foremost for its innovation. Therefore, in the video below,presented with the iPad, I am in awe at what the technology is doing for storytelling in its essence.

Books tell stories about people and by people, but the key here is the people. The storyteller or bard has been a crucial aspect of telling stories centuries before anything was written down. The key to the success of writers is how they can bring the storyteller to life in their writing without actually being there in front of the reader.

Part of the magic is hearing the story read to you from someone who knows the story in and out. Although the bard is dead, there is a bit of a revival left in the theatrics of storytelling with the help of the new technology.

The presentation I watched discussed the innovation of, you guessed it, the book. In this case, the presenter discusses Lothar Meggendorfer, the creator of pop-up books, which in itself is an innovation for books. I am immediately drawn in to the slideshow, music, and interactive aspects of the presentation. One could say he is hiding behind his technology, but the presenter still knows how and when to speak to give the best effect of the speech.

He credits the growth of storytelling to this man and showed how storytelling has developed. To be frank, it altered my mind a little and made me relax more on the whole change of books. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s the beginning of something new. While I still prefer my silent, battery-less paperbacks. The world of books is blossoming into a form of entertainment no one can fathom, yet. So, before I jump down off my soap box, I will confess I’m excited to see what’s in store for e-books. How will they affect teaching, entertainment, and ultimately the craft of storytelling? I know it’s scary, but at the same time, it could be fun if we give it a chance. ; ) Check out the link below to see what I’m talking about and be open-minded!

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_sabia_the_technology_of_storytelling.html

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