I mutter on and on about storytelling in the digital age, but storyteller Joe Sabia (tumblr/facebook) whips out his iPad and geeky glasses for a waltz with Lothar Meggendorfer. Sabia’s quirky narrative quickly, deftly demonstrates how storytellers have always leveraged innovative technologies to improve their craft.
No doubt Meggendorfer shook up the book world when he launched his storytelling technology, the pop-up book. Bibliophiles, teachers and book printers/publishers/retailers must have ranted and raved. “Three dimensional images? Are you crazy. That’ll be the death of imagination! That’ll be the end of reading…”
But his history-altering technology was a hit. It still is today. And yet we’re still imagining, still reading. Bravo, Lothar!
Sabia’s TEDTalk, “The technology of storytelling” reminds us that technology — from the walls of caves to projected iPads — have long served creative storytellers. Bravo, Joe!
I’m curious what you think of this video. Several commenters on the YouTube video have suggested that Sabia’s performance wasn’t TED caliber. I disagree, but I’m a storytelling pushover obsessed with digital storytelling. What’s your opinion?
- The technology of storytelling: Joe Sabia on TED.com (ted.com)
- Storytelling from Cave Fire to Kindle Fire (virtualdavis.com)
- Technology and Storytelling….An evolving partnership (resourcelinkbce.wordpress.com)
- A Brief History of Storytelling (virtualdavis.com)
- Papercut has designs on a new storytelling genre (radar.oreilly.com)