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[ecrea] IJoC Publishes Special Forum on Digital Storytelling

Tue Mar 14 07:03:22 GMT 2017

The International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Forum Section
— Voices for a New Vernacular: A Forum on Digital Storytelling

Changing media and communications technologies have ushered in an era of
constant digital connection. And yet, in the face of all this change, it
seems that storytelling — the human impulse to create narrative —
persists. Across video games, social media, and various Internet platforms,
the dynamics of audience agency have shifted. New technologies have allowed
for stories that illuminate new political possibilities, while media
companies have created new ways to profit from this activity. Still, the
impulse to craft and consume narrative provides a common strand that unites
digital storytelling with its earlier, analog forms.
Leading digital communication scholars have gathered as part of this Special
Section, Voices for a New Vernacular: A Forum on Digital Storytelling, to
explore the overlaps of old and new that comprise the term “digital
storytelling.” Conducted as interviews, these free-ranging contributions
explore the following: What makes digital storytelling unique? What are its
possibilities for social and cultural transformation? How does it draw
attention to the relationship between humans and machines? Is there actually
anything new about digital storytelling at all?

Edited by Anandam Kavoori, Mark C. Lashley, and Brian Creech, the Special
Section features interviews with the following scholars that published March
13, 2017.

Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California
Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois-Chicago
Knut Lundby, University of Oslo
Janet Murray, Georgia Institute of Technology
Hector Postigo, Temple University, USA
Veena Raman, Pennsylvania State University
Vladimir Barash, Independent Scholar
Marie-Laure Ryan, Independent Scholar

The contributors offer their provisional thoughts on the perils and
potentials of digital storytelling. Because the technology is open-ended, so
are the answers. Each response offers the germ of a new idea or line of
research and, in their collected form, represent many of the ways the
digital has come to occupy a central place in the study of human
communication. To quote from Zizi Papacharissi’s contribution,
“Technologies network us, but it is our stories that connect us, or
further drive us apart.”
Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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