Wednesday, February 27, 2008

storytelling and copyright

If storytelling is the sign of a healthy community, what are the implications of a society that treats some stories as property?

From Apophenia June 18, 2003

storytelling... Sandra Ball-Rokeach

Talking with my advisor yesterday, he spoke about Sandra Ball-Rokeach at USC's Annenberg School For Communication who suggests that the sign of a healthy community is one that tells stories. Storytelling has been dramatically undervalued in contemporary society. Creating characters, talking about events, sharing philosophies all through the power of story... I guess TV has replaced this, creating a common story. But the least common denominator is far from interesting... What are the stories that emerge out of truly connected communities? Shared stories of experience and shared fables for enjoyment? Are there communities out there that still value that form of connecting?

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