Storytelling

The first platforms of story telling were person to person, from as far back as humans were first around they used storytelling as a form of entertainment, they would sit round campfires and spread their storyies, passing them on to their children and their childrens children.

The second storytelling platform was theater and is thought to have been invented by the ancient Greeks, here a story could be told to a bigger audience and have a bigger impact, using props and actors to portray characters and storylines.

The next revolution in storytelling didn’t happen for another 1500 years and is knows as the book, or so Sean Stewart says who is a groundbreaking figure in sci-fi storytelling, i have to say that i disagree with this remark.

I think Gilgamesh was the first book, although it wasn’t put down on paper and is on a tablet in my opinion this still qualifies as a book.  Gilgamesh is a mythologized account of a historical figure, the ruler of a Sumerian city-state of Uruk, he was believed to have ruled sometime between 2700-2500BC.  There are a number of fragmentary versions of the story and some scholars believe that these could be transcriptions of earlier Sumerian texts.  The most complete version was written on 12 clay tablets sometime between 1500-1200BC and was discovered in the ruins of the Assyrian King Ashurbanipal’s library in the Nineveh, this was the largest library in the pre-Hellenic ancient world.

With the book, the artist only has to entertain on time, but the book and be read all over the world for thousands of years, and now the way we read books has changes with things like the iPad where books are downloaded digitally and read on screen.

The next platform was created in the 20th century and is known as cinema.  In this you had sound, music, costume designers, trained actors etc.  Of course some of these things were in theater but probably not having the same effect as it would on screen.

 

The revolution in story telling is telling them digitally, having a variety of media platforms telling stories.  With the internet you can have everything that there was before but adding email, blogs, social networking, websites, phone calles to your audience etc.

With this technology we now have the ability to create sociable entertainment.  Audiences can experience entertainment collaboratively

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