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Jan 21, 2020 08:52:50

A Good Story - rewrite

by @keni PATRON | 458 words | 8πŸ”₯ | 479πŸ’Œ


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My grandfather was part of the "wise men" club in his village. Despite having no formal education, people often asked him to be involved in conflict resolution.

These were usually done in a gathering outdoors. After both sides had an opportunity to vent, the wise men would render a decision. My grandfather, usually the oldest person, would capture everyone's attention by sharing a beautifully crafted story to drive his point.
Those were simpler times.

Fast forward several decades... the internet arrived... and things got complicated...

I remember how excited I was researching about type 1 diabetes for the first time. I once had a doctor tell me that he can’t keep up with the medical literature. Because of my personal incentive, I likely consumed a lot more information than he would.

It is not access or availability but drive that limits how much content the internet can expose you to.

The introduction of social media is also disrupting how we interact. We have earned the illusion of hundreds of β€œfriends”. And we are more lonely and isolated. We restrict our source of information to people we follow.

As this trend continues, the content we are exposed to will be more emotionally charged and far from an objective truth.  

We no longer listen to the worries of our village but that of a person who is a click away. We will want that content to be a short gif/audio/video so we can swipe to the next.

We are quickly sprinting to the extinction of the average attention span.

hope I am wrong about all this.

With technology improvements, I predict that we will get FB/instagram/TikTok remixes for every flavor of the month.
And sometimes, we may get a wonderful platform like 200words. Where a girl from Ethiopia gets a chance to grow with people from Arizona, Indiana, Lagos and Singapore.

In the next decade, the one thing that will help our complex lives is sharing more stories whit each other. Storytelling is the one way humans have maintained the ability to connect.

Even after many centuries, people easily remember the tales in religious texts. People recall the moral of the story or a quote that fits perfectly in an argument. It is the stories woven in the details that captivate our minds. Those stories have kept the message alive and memorable for a long time. 

This form of sharing content has survived the test of time. It brings us together and connects us on an emotional level. 

No matter where technology decides to take us in the next decade, there is one thing that will not change when it comes to communication.
The craving and effectiveness of a good story.

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    @keni A quote from socrates comes to my mind after reading your post.

    The invention of writing will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom.

    - Socrates

    Now in the modern age of internet writing, attention span, ability to recall, memorize, etc is dying while we replace it with quick texts and media which is readily available in social networks and smart phones help us access it.

    I can't even remember my parents phone number properly. I could easily 10 years ago.

    Raveen Kumar avatar Raveen Kumar | Feb 16, 2020 16:09:39
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      @raveenkumar - I totally agree there. Socrates said it very well.

      Thank you for reading and your comment.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 16, 2020 16:16:15
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    @keni so true. A good story/legend/myth is timeless, and the need for one is immutable. Technology will come and go. CONGRATS on winning the comp again! ;)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 22, 2020 22:00:22
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      @jasonleow - Thank you Jason. :). Storytelling is a skill worth chasing. Especially to monetize our ideas :)

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 22, 2020 14:59:34
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      @keni indeed, especially now with my marketing focus. A good story is good content marketing

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 23, 2020 22:07:47
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    @keni I'm in total agreement here, the need for stories will only get stronger and technology should facilitate this trend. I'm leaning towards a tendency to believe that it is originality which is lacking nowadays, and that it may not fare well into the future either, but I've no real data, just a spidey hunch.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 21, 2020 16:38:12
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      @gabrielgreco - Yes I agree... I think technology will help with storytelling. I am thinking VR where we get to be in the stories that are being told. Heightened experience of someone's imagination.
      For the originality, it is going to take the creativity to work on overdrive... maybe a daily routine to flex the creativity muscle?

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 22, 2020 14:58:40
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      @keni I didn't think of VR, but yes, that is essentially a futuristic replacement for books...imagine being immersed in the world of Dickens's Tale of Two Cities. What a trip, an immersive movie-like trip. The main driver of the creativity muscle is an openness to experimentation; are you willing to fail miserably, look stupid, risk ridicule, etc on your way to true originality? It's tough, it takes a lot out of you. Probably why we're so drawn, as creators, to be imitators and follow formulas that work. And perhaps that's what separates the craftsman from the artist...I dunno, writing out loud over here.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 24, 2020 17:00:13
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      @gabrielgreco - Make it a post... your thoughts out to be read by all. I like the idea of it....

      VR may become the best way to learn and understand complex ideas and stories... It may need more time commitment than audio but if done right, it could be the type of experience worth the time.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2020 11:40:23
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    @keni You made me wait until the last minute and it was worth it! You have a great intro that leads to your theme of a good story. You make great points about where we are now and where we seem to be headed, but then you demonstrate what is timeless. Well done!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 17, 2020 06:30:55
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      @brandonwilson - Thank you Brandon. I waited until the last minute to publish. The Zurich time may have messed me up if Baz didn’t have the counter.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 21, 2020 06:44:36
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