An Animated Margaret Atwood Explains How Stories Change with Technology

From the  video series comes an animation featuring Margaret Atwood meditating on how technology shapes the way we tell stories. Just like the Gutenberg Press did almost 600 years ago, the recent advent of digital platforms (the internet, ebooks, etc.) has created new ways for us to tell, distribute and share stories. And Atwood hasn’t been afraid to explore it all, writing stories on Wattpad and Twitter. Atwood will appear at The Future of Storytelling Summit on October 7 and 8.

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  • Jessica says:

    The problem with this isn’t so much what she says but the childish illustrations and mawkish music. It is as if she has to emphasise what sounds fairly obvious with even more obvious and very infantile images and jolly, four year old type music, to convince a world of dim juveniles almost certainly in care when she’s talking to adults who require a higher level. This is not my idea of what an illustrated, or animated video should be. I am trying to think of how the technology could be used to import a much more powerful artist. This would cause the storyline itself to break into a more imaginative or challenging realm, but so it should.

    Incidentally, I am finding this everywhere: terrible pictures, no drawing ability, primitive smiley faces, juvenile umbrellas, a tulip in crayon, a sun, dismal and grotty cheeriness and scruffy execution, garish colours – a constant atmosphere of denial, as if we must have these pictures because the reality is too terrible to talk about. These are so bad they look as if they were done BY children, though not the child I ever was. Also, there’s a tired depression in why they have to be so happy and so listless.

    Is this something to do with the Internet, in the sense that everything has to be delivered with emoticons, and now we have the most tawdry of artwork to do the same job? In GB, drawing is no longer taught in schools. No images really get through unless they are similar to the ones here – the rest are rejected, if they even exist, if they ever dare to. There’s a real problem with censorship of actual talent, and the cause does rather seem to be this need to spread the word fast and optimistically, instead of slowly and thoughtfully, though intensity in and of itself isn’t depressing; what is wrong with melancholia anyway.

    I DEPLORE THE LACK OF DEPTH. It’s also insulting to an artist, or even a reader, who understands things. Could we not have some good pictures, as animations, illustrations or book covers? What is wrong with detail and emotional potency – with art itself? Why not have some good stuff? Am I the only one saying this?

    Am I the only one doing this.

  • Patricia kambitsch says:

    In as we to Jessica: yes.

  • heather roberts says:

    No you are not alone, Jessica. How disappointing to have Margaret Attwood’s not very complex message delivered in such a slight and signed form.
    Who is this directed at? Reaching out to some potential extraterrestial who needs help with the basics..

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