Friday, January 23, 2009

Scott Brown on Why Hollywood Needs a New Model for Storytelling


I have a ton of backlogged stuff to put on this blog, but this one is quick and easy, and if you read this article without irony, it could be the "about" page for this blog.
Brothers and sisters, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of Story. As you may have heard, it's kaput—or, at the very least, terminally ill, wracked by videogames, wikis, recaps, talkbacks, YouTube, ADD, and the rise of a multiplatform, multipolar, mashup-media culture. Hollywood, vendor of Story in its most denatured form, is most at risk: The film industry is slowly but steadily being forced to part with quaint artifacts like the "hero's journey," Joseph Campbell's so-called Monomyth. (Which is just so ... well ... mono.)
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