Storytelling and Media

Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Jason Ohler

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Storytelling and Media

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In the history of human experience, one of our most pervasive and enduring reference points is our need for story. Stories help us to understand ourselves in terms of who we are, what we need, and why we behave the way we do. The more those narratives stretch across cultures and throughout the ages, the more they become touchstones of the human experience. Indeed, the need for narratives to define ourselves has never been more apropos than today, when we find ourselves in the midst of the digital revolution. Part I of this chapter, written by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, traces the relationship between storytelling and media from ancient times to today, and argues why the last decades have forced us to radically redefine the traditional Aristotelian model of storytelling. Part II, written by Jason Ohler, investigates the future of storytelling, particularly with regard to online, participatory, and multidimensional media.

Keywords: digital media; multimedia; narrative; storytelling; television; Web 2.0

Article.  20338 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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