The One Key to Good Writing: Authenticity

Lots of like bad creative writing programs will probably tell you that there is, but I disagree with that. 

Well, there's many kinds of storytelling and I don't think there's a crib sheet for what makes a great story.  I mean, lots of like bad creative writing programs will probably tell you that there is, but I disagree with that. 

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We Tell Stories to Become Immortal

You can tell stories and then you can die, ultimately, and your stories can continue to have an effect on other people.  

There’s a lot of different techniques that you can employ when using a story.  You can frighten people.  You can surprise people.  You can provoke people.  You can make people sad.  But those are all techniques.  They’re not outcomes.  

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When I was building Cowbird, I was trying to create a kind of sanctuary for storytellers on the Internet.  A lot of the Internet, in recent years, has become like a shopping mall or like a superhighway that you experience at 90 miles an hour with billboards flashing by you and most Web sites have hundreds of links and banner ads and videos flashing at you and things advertising how many times a given article has been tweeted or liked or shared.  And it’s just sort of this frantic, schizophrenic experience. I was much more interested in creating a space that felt like a church or a forest or a park or something very quiet and sacred and contemplative that would really honor stories and honor storytellers and give those things a very respectful home.  

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Rethinking Social Networking

Artist Jonathan Harris describes four trends that are reshaping culture in the digital age: Compression, Disposability, Curation, and Self-Promotion, and takes steps to counteract them.

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Artist Jonathan Harris describes four trends that are reshaping culture in the digital age: Compression, Disposability, Curation, and Self-Promotion, and takes steps to counteract them.