:: Friday, November 25, 2005 ::

Digital Think: 'storytellers are everywhere'
Digital Think, a project of the American Press Institute's Media Center, offers a glimpse of where we might be heading in the realm of digital storytelling.
This is the dawn of the connected epoch in human civilization. We are living, you and I, in the first seconds of a society reshaped by empowered individuals connected by digital networks, of lives shaped by unprecedented volumes of information and shifting notions of knowledge and trust. Institutions like media and governments are bending under the weight of change, of social and economic disruptions to the way people acquire and apply knowledge.

New institutions and conventions are taking shape.

Storytellers are everywhere.

One of the storytellers at Digital Think, Mauricio Arango, writes:
In my opinion, the use of Internet based technologies illustrates the paradox we live in right now: our world of advancements and affluence is also a world of dispossession. In this case we have at our disposal the fastest, most complex, and furthest reaching communication tools we have ever imagined; at no other point in human history have we had such ease in getting in touch with others and in such a wide range of ways.

Simultaneously, we are faced with a reality in which the most essential needs of millions around the world still go unfulfilled. When we ponder the precarious living conditions found in vast areas of the planet against the degree of sophistication of the communication tools we already take for granted, we discover how alienated we are from one another.

This should not be a secret, our age, the ‘age of information’, is also an age of destitution. I do not pretend to link both things together, for the latter is not a consequence of the former. What I want to stress is the urgency of now; for me one of the central questions is what could artists and designers do in these pressing times?

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