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When might a safety manual be a story? February 24, 2013

Posted by IaninSheffield in Musings.
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Whilst I was thinking about the process of storytelling during a previous post and how

Storytellers hold your attention, stir your imagination, compel you to want to hear (read/see/experience) more, invoke an emotional response … make you care.

I wondered also how that might map across different media. To what extent are the authors of these media also storytellers. To what extent do they draw in their readers and lift them beyond the simple consumption of information? Do all media merit some degree of storytelling to capture the minds of their audience? At that point I wondered whether it might be possible to place different media on a spectrum stretching from basic conveyance of information through to passionate involvement.

degrees of storytelling

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by ianguest: http://flickr.com/photos/ianinsheffield/8503283842/

Would you agree with those placements or would you change the order?

These clearly aren’t the only (largely) print-based media which could be positioned on the spectrum. How about school textbooks? Perhaps there’s something to think about there …

Image sources in the graphic:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lobstar/2491017167/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62693815@N03/6277336776/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/notbrucelee/3082715950/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22809952@N03/3598849224/

http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/16th-century-social-media/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackbiscuits/1615652119/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonrhythm/61344114/

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