Does technology make us better storytellers? Yes, no, and maybe.
Technology Makes Us Better Storytellers
Some might say that the personal computer was the best thing to happen to writing and storytelling since, like, ever. I would have to agree. Back in the days of the typewriter, telling a story was a headache – vials of white-out were a must and the nearest wastebasket was always full of crumpled paper.
Technology has since simplified the process of putting stories on paper. Digital technology has provided a limitless vat of information so that writers can research, improve details, and therefore add value and quantity to our storytelling capabilities. In this respect, technology has made us better storytellers.
Technology Does Not Make Us Better Storytellers
I feel that the excessive use of technology and the wide array of digital entertainment has made us all impatient. We want it now. Reading a good story requires a little patience and some pondering. Writing a good story requires even more patience and even more pondering. Great stories might exist, but if readers aren’t captured by a character, intent, events, goals, opposition, and several details within the first 50 words, those readers might not finish that great story.
Every great story needs an audience. And when the audience lacks the attention necessary for complex and detailed stories, writers will turn their attention to those that are shorter and less detailed. That’s my theory anyway. It goes back to business school and the theory of supply and demand. If people demand short, impatient stories, writers will write them.
Technology Might Make Us Better Storytellers
In the days of paper, finding a book or a story was a matter of getting your hands on something that had been published. Not all writers get published, however, which means there are loads of talented writers out there, sporting unpublished and out-of-this world stories. I just know it. Now that stories can be distributed easily, and without the aid of Big Publishing, more stories can be made available to us all.
The “might” or “maybe” part of this theory is that more bad stories will be made available to us as well.