How New Media is Transforming Storytelling: A New Video Series

Kurt Reinhard from the Institut für Theorie, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts, recently posted on Vimeo a fascinating series of short videos on the future of storytelling. The videos juxtapose the perspectives of some key thinkers in this space, including Clay Shirkey (NYU), Joshua Green (UCSB), Ian Condry and Nick Montfort (MIT), Dean Jansen from the Participatory Culture Foundation, Joe Lambert from the Center for Digital Storytelling, and, hmm, Henry Jenkins (USC), among others. Each video is between five and ten minutes long and tackles some of the ways that shifts in the media environment are changing the nature of stories and storytelling.

This opening installment sets the stage with a broad overview of the nature of media change.

Storytelling Part 1: Change of Storytelling from ith storytelling on Vimeo.

Here’s a segment that deals specifically with the issues around transmedia storytelling and entertainment.

Storytelling Part 3: Transmedia from ith storytelling on Vimeo.

This one deals with storytelling in relation to social networks.

Storytelling Part 4: Potential of Social Media from ith storytelling on Vimeo.

Another explores collaborative production of stories through processes like crowdsourcing.

Storytelling Part 5: Collective Storytelling from ith storytelling on Vimeo.

And this one explores issues of motivation within participatory culture.

Storytelling Part 8: Motivation to Participate from ith storytelling on Vimeo.

I certainly intend to use these videos in my own teaching. Indeed, I am using segment one to launch my Medium Specificity course later today. There’s a real power in hearing the voices of people who are so passionate and thoughtful about the nature of media change and its impact on the kinds of experiences we are able to share with each other.

The video series is intended to call attention to the launch of a new collaboration between European institutions to explore the processes, practices, and literacies surrounding stories and storytelling. Beyond Reinhard’s own people at Zurich, he says that the following other researchers are going to be contributing to this project:

* Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Verena Kuni

* European Institute for Participatory Media Berlin, Jasminko Novak

* Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Axel Vogelsang

* University of Zurich, Chair of Marketing and Market Research, Wolfgang Kotowski

* Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Jörg Huber

* coUNDco Online Marketing Agency Zurich, Florian Wieser

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  1. My gosh Henry.

    First, you have to REALLY want to leave a comment here to go through all the hoops necessary to leave a comment. Your Facebook connection does not work and the registration process is agonizing. In any event…

    I would strongly discourage you from showing these videos to your students, or anyone else for that matter. As examples of ‘storytelling’, they are really terrible at ‘storytelling’, ironically. They are tedious, boring, pointless, lacking an arc of story or any compelling reason to stay with them. As your last interview subject says, they are reporting, not story telling.

    Ironically, (again), when someone comes home to the family, they generally engage in pretty good storytelling: “You’ll never guess what happened to me today!”

    But not here.

    Also, the quality of the video production is just terrible. Amateurish would be kind.

    I strongly suggest you take a look at the storytelling lessons at http://www.nyvs.com

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  2. Filmreif Beraten says:

    Thanks for the effort!

    I enjoyed watching the clip as a kind of kaiser-panorama of an emerging phenomena.

    For the German Speaking readers & spectators, some other bits & pieces to illuminate (my) ways of doing Social Filmmaking out of zurich / Switzerland:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-faiuG_DiU

    Focus: Fairytales in Business — The Moral of Crisis in the Financial Industries — A Social Experiment in Filmmaking.

    Obviously, I do agree that genre is key to social filmmaking :)

  3. I have just caught up with this series via Twitter – wonderful set of films.

    What I find exciting is the possibility of social arenas around filmaking / transmission in tandem with the new White Label video coming out – for example combining cosplay with distributed uploads and multifaceted narrative – the possibility of taking presence in the real world based around a story and create multiple channels and views based in a very precise depth of view way. Very much like a multiple portal entrypoint magnified by re-enactment or interplay with communities skinned for the purpose.

    Does that makes sense – is any of this going on at present?

  4. I don’t like to sound negative, but these are about the worst “storytelling” videos I’ve ever seen. How exactly are they going to transform storytelling if they can’t tell a story themselves?

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