Saturday, July 25, 2009

The future of storytelling

I'm taking a course in digital storytelling.

Here's what I gather thus far: Stories, of course, will never lose their importance to people, but the medium of transmitting stories is evolving quickly.

Here's what I'm wondering: What is the future of the written text, as a stand-alone work, in an increasingly multi-media world? What is the future of books?

Think 2100. (It's hard!) Will there still be books and ebooks around? Or billions of multimedia stories? Or something else, unimaginable to us right now?


  1. I think the world of Wall-E is coming up pretty fast.

  2. What if storytelling evolved away from words? What if we told stories with music? With art? Painting? Graffiti? Cave art on our walls?

  3. Personally, I think printing books will turn into a collector's edition kind of thing. For example, if you loved the book you read on your Kindle 12.0, you could then purchase a beautifully done hardbound edition of the book. Bookstores won't disappear, but they'll become much smaller.

    Loved Wall-E, also, but I think we're first headed into the world of 'holodeck', Star Trek style. =)

  4. I'm going to agree with Patrick on this case. I think that books will move more towards what's available in Star Trek. Read it on a pad or in an electronic format, maybe be able to interact with it, but probably not on the holodeck Star Trek level. Not by 2100 anyway. Physical books probably will become collectors items.

  5. I don't know what the future holds, but I think the bookstores as we know them will only get smaller until they are extinct, or turn into antique stores for the printed books. I, for one, cannot imagine not holding a book.

  6. I think by then we will able to beam our stories directly into the minds of our readers.

    Wait...that could be dangerous.. :-)

  7. I agree: The future is electronic and not paper, that's for sure. I haven't seen Wall-E, though - guess I'll have to! I would like to experience a holodeck story, though. Thanks for all the interesting responses. They were fun to read!

  8. how funny and what a small world. i just finished facilitating a course on "writing in a digital age". an entire section was spent on the digital story! how was your class? was it through your local writing project?


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