Storytelling has throughout history been an effective means of communication and a deliberate tool for sharing knowledge. However, modern technology has altered — albeit enhanced — the way stories are delivered today. While some believe that modern technology — through television, computers, the Internet, and film — might have robbed society of the intimate bond between physical storyteller and intimate group of captivated listeners, many recognize that books and modern technology allows us to re-visit experiences and insights through printed literature or access information at the touch of a button, whenever we want. Modern technology also allows us to speak with thousands of people about their opinion of a topic and explore different authors’ perspectives in books or electronic media to remind us that storytelling today is an important communicative and educational activity as it ever was. Peruse the infographic for an introduction to popular books. Imagine if generations of civil society were not exposed to books and other forms of information-sharing to enlighten their curiosity for historical facts and knowledge, they would be forever ignorant and unable to understand their past or their future; history and life are nothing but a series of stories. The destiny of the world is determined by stories that have a positive impact on how humanity approaches its future.
Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. —Salman Rushdie.
Australian Aborigines say that the big stories—the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life—are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush. —Robert Moss, Dreamgates
Stories are how we learn. The progenitors of the world’s religions understood this, handing down our great myths and legends from generation to generation. —Bill Mooney and David Holt, The Storyteller’s Guide
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