The Tech and the Story by Michael S. Webster

To paraphrase the classic problem, if you have and infinite number of bloggers (Fan Ficters, Twits, Vinerds, or whoever else) on an infinite number of keyboards with an infinite amount of time can you actually produce something like art?

This variation on the Infinite Monkey Theorem this question asks whether or not technology can make good stories.  Although there has been experiments in computer-generated storytelling, I’m actually speaking of whether the use of technology by human writers can make good storytelling.

The use of digital technology does not a good storyteller make.  But it does facilitate in making good stories.  With tools such as Google for researching, word processors for editing and revisions, and communication tools such as e-mail, Skype, and other community based services can improve collaboration and feedback.


One thought on “The Tech and the Story by Michael S. Webster

  1. meaganmthornton January 22, 2015 / 6:31 am

    I appreciate the picture! I also agree with your basic premise that when we put everyone on the computer and ask them to create good stories, we don’t usually get them. Just like you said, some people are able to use technology to create better stories. Great Job! – Sheridan Dastrup


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