Is digital technology making us better storytellers? – Erynn Pontius

I think digital technology is working in both ways, depending on which aspect we choose to examine. Through digital technology the outlets available to spread creativity and ones work are endless and can reach a wide range of audiences. It has never been easier or faster to post our thoughts, life experiences, and stories to the world than it is right now. Information is only a click away and the communication between authors and readers is instantaneous. In the area of creativity, in my personal experience reading other’s work helps me gain ideas and inspiration for my own pieces. The access to all different types and styles of writing are now open for all to read and study. I think through this medium it has helped writers find new and interesting ways to tweak and better their own writing.

However, with this forum the quality of work which is widespread has decreased. Articles or opinions that aren’t very well articulated or organized can and are still accepted and shared. Some may see this as a good thing, in the idea you don’t have to be an excellent writer to have your opinions read, but I think writing and expressing stories as a whole is an art that should still be upheld to a respected and critical standard. There is a significant lack of depth in readings that can be easily accessed digitally. I think these pieces are the ones people seem to share and like because they are simple and easy to understand on all platforms.

With every new explosion of technology there are upsides and downsides and as a critical generation we have to weigh both. As a whole, I think digital technology has helped us become better storytellers, but as consumers we should still be aware and selective of all that is available to us.

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2 thoughts on “Is digital technology making us better storytellers? – Erynn Pontius

  1. meaganmthornton January 24, 2015 / 1:14 am

    Erynn, I agree with the dual aspect that you present. I agree that technology is working on both sides of storytelling to enhance and diminish it. I think you make a good point in regards to audiences however, I believe that we are able now because of technology to reach pieces of work that interest us and they are more easily accessible simply by getting on the Internet and searching them out, instantly.

    -Hannah Marble

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  2. meaganmthornton January 26, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    I especially liked your comment, “Articles or opinions that aren’t very well articulated or organized can and are still accepted and shared.” I feel that good, well thought-out writing is rarely the reason things are shared or accepted. Over sensationalism seems to take precedence in a lot of respects, and most of the time there isn’t a lot of truth or credibility.

    Amber Sandberg

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