Technology continues to change our sense of the present. In so doing, technology also changes our stories and therefore storytelling. For example, the evolution of communication technology will make it increasingly difficult for people to be able to pause and reflect.
Last night, I was listening to my neighbor try to learn by ear on his keyboard the theme from HBO’s The Newsroom. I paused and reflected. Hearing his trial-and-error approach inspired within me all manner of memories of the show and my life and my way of hearing things. Then, “doo Doo DOO.” A text message notification from my phone completely disrupted my experience of the now.
Humankind is on course to lose our shared affinity for the concept of “personal present” and gain a shared concept of “personal present within the context of the digital present,” the more we allow technology to impose a new sense of time on us. It’s not a good or bad thing—merely a circumstance that will soon lead to an event of new self-identification for human beings.
What kinds of stories will storytellers relate in such a world? How and why will we tell them? And what will be the value of such tales?
Abha Dawesar provided me with some clues in her TED Talk: “Life in the ‘digital now'” at http://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now.html.