My opinion is that digitality is in fact making us better storytellers, but worse story creators, which is basically what we said in class. Stories are being recycled, as Meagan said. Take Sons of Anarchy, for example, it’s based on Hamlet. The basic plot of the story is the same, a story recycled. We just have to look at Hollywood, every new movie nowadays is either from a book, a sequel to another movie or a remake of an older movie. There is nothing new and original coming out, at all. With that said, we are becoming more and more creative with how we tell our stories. We tell the same stories over so many times in different movies, tv shows and internet videos.
I want to ramble about the thoughts that were in my head when we were talking about the audience in the different storytelling ages. I think it would be so cool to live in a time where you gathered around the storyteller to hear a story and it was a big community event. We should bring that back. I do love that the audience holds power with digitality though. I am a firm believer that personal writing does not get better without critique, aka the peer edit…ooo. I know it sucks, especially as a writer, when someone tells you there is something wrong with your work when you thought it was brilliant, but it does make for stronger writers and more communication which leads to more of a thought process and more thoughts in general. I love that we are basically a community, and I don’t have to get out of bed to be in the audience or to hear what an audience thinks about my work.
Since we basically went through a swap with the audience, from communal to privacy to communal again, but through a screen, does that mean we are ready for the next privacy age? What’s the next step for writing?