Magazine article The Futurist

Digital Storytelling: How Digital Media Help Preserve Cultures

Magazine article The Futurist

Digital Storytelling: How Digital Media Help Preserve Cultures

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The Center for Digital Storytelling evolved out of the mixture of community arts practices, helping people make art for civic engagement, and the new media explosion of the late 1980s and 1990s. We assist people in making short media pieces that combine a spoken narrative, still images, and design elements using digital photo manipulation and digital video editing tools. The process is exemplified by the pieces we helped produce for the BBC Web site, Capture Wales (www.bbc.co.uk/digitalstorytelling), one of many clients of our organization. We've helped over 10,000 people make these stories in all 50 United States and 26 other countries.

Clearly we are increasingly visual in our orientation toward communications. Reading and writing literacies are adversely affected, as each generation sees the screen as a preferable expressive medium. However, the inherent values of textual communication begin to become stronger by contrast, just as the strength of recitation and musical orality became stronger with the dissemination of literacy. …

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