When I was young, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town, so I tried to change my family.
Now old, I know the only thing I can change is myself. And suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
The Story of a Transmedia Revolution: (Part 2) The Story Wars Posted by Peter Usagi The Rise and Fall of a Story-Showing EmpireBy Peter UsagiThe Transmedia Revolution has begun! Which side will you join? An empire of greedy corporate media cartels? Or an ancient and mysterious order of storytellers… Image via PanicpostersAfter years of study, I’ve come to realize that contemporary storytelling—books, film, television (and to a significant extent, even live theater)—are a completely passive medium. They are narratives that lack interaction and any kind of participation from their audience. These mass-produced mediums of entertainment are more appropriately labeled "story-showing,” then storytelling. People often wonder why there isn’t anything "new" in Hollywood. Why is it that every movie, TV show, and most popular literature, tastes like reheated "leftovers" disguised with some kind of mystery sauce? It’s because after a century of industrialization, we’ve become indoctrinated as a species of “story consumers.” We’ve been raised to passively swallow the shallow narratives presented to us in our extended childhoods; schizophrenic mythologies filled with stories that have no depth, meaning, or purpose–other than to entertain (or perhaps more sinisterly, distract). All of our modern entertainment (all of our stories) are almost entirely mono-active.Our “entertainment industry” is simply a convenient medium for a 24/7 multimedia stream of consumer subconsciousness—peppered every fifteen minutes with commercials, product placement, and other forms of materialist propaganda. Even traditional literature has become a victim to this malaise.