ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22
I read an article on the Apartment Therapy website this morning called I Just Attended My First PowerPoint Party — and I Can’t Recommend Them Enough. At first, I thought the concept of a PowerPoint party was hilarious. After all, with all my years of experience as a trainer, I had come to see PowerPoint as something you brought out to put people to sleep.
Then I got to thinking, why not? Stories are all around us. Not just in books and audiobooks, not just in movies, not just on TV and radio. There are video games and virtual reality, movies and TV shows are now made for streaming on demnand, YouTube, DailyMotion and other video sites are a definite force in the world of entertainment. A lot of these things evolved over the last 30 or 40 years, and some newer ones are still in the test phase. PowerPoint is a visual medium, and a good one: it's simple to use (even kids in elementary school use it to create reports and presentations) and it can be used to tell a story.
I took a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in 2013 called The Future Of Storytelling, developed by the University of Applied Sciences at the University of Potsdam and taught through Iversity.org. The learning objectives, according to the site:
Our MOOC will help you answer the following questions:
- How do fictional stories work? Which structures and mechanics are used?
- How do new technologies influence the ways stories are told and perceived - and which new media formats have been developed during the last years?
- How can technologies, interfaces and visuals engage an audience fast and continuously?
- How can I develop and implement my own story-ideas - on my own or in teams?
The course doesn't appear to be taught through Iversity anymore, but the course developers have a YouTube Channel where most of the lectures have been posted. If you're interested, it's worth the time to sit through them.
Bloggers are starting to branch out from the traditional written word format. Some create vlogs, videos instead of posts; others have gone the podcast route, turning their written words into spoken ones. Our world is changing, and we would do well to consider changing with it.
Do you currently have a vlog or podcast? Have you considered starting one (or both)? Do you think you might start using PowerPoint in your blog entries?
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