I’ve been contemplating the notion of storytelling’s evolution for many years. The questions raised here have to do with modes of telling and listening, as well as of behaving as a storyteller, whether it is an amateur or a professional undertaking, and if the new modalities of telling and listening change the story. That’s all well and good, though I have never really enjoyed stories, like, say, MacBeth, that hadn’t changed, at least in the telling, as when it was translated into Japanese as Throne of Blood or American English as Scotland, Pa. or arrived at the conclusion with a clever twist that kept MacBeth among the living and put his Lady in an asylum, even if it is the same story I’ve heard or seen before.
A story can come out a million different ways, through a billion different tellers, and still be entertaining.
But what I want to talk about is the sense that today the primary way of sharing a story is to interrupt its telling. Of course, the most effective philosophical teaching method devised… [continue reading]