The purpose and mode of storytelling has evolved over time. Todays messages are about personal experiences, sharing one's voice and perspective. This doesn't mean the traditional story style has disappeared. We are just seeing more of this new style. People want to be heard.
Not only has the purpose changed but also the way stories are being told have evolved with time. First with using written words, then with digital technology. As technology has become more advanced the distance between the storyteller and the audience has changed. In most cases, the teller doesn't have any personal connection to the audience. Communication is made up of the speaker and the listener. The speaker shares and the listener receives the information. This is the very essence of oral storytelling. Over time the human element has become further removed. Now the teller shares and the information is received by some type of digital technology, maybe a television, a computer, or a software program, and from there it is given to the audience only if they decide to engage. The story is now being consumed by a faceless individual on the other end of some type of device.
The view of stories has expanded with the development of new technologies. Video games are including more complex stories than ever before. Allowing the player to become characters in the experiences. Often times the player has the ability to see what is happening through the eyes of the character they are using. Allowing the played to feel like they are an inherent part of the events unfolding. Characters, backstories, and settings are developed through the use of cut scenes.
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