Drones, phones and why technology can be bad for journalism
Yes, a story may well blow your mind if presented in virtual reality. It may come to life with breathtaking clarity when told inside a 360 interactive video.
It may be more dramatic if it’s being live streamed or reported in a series of tweets by the protagonist rather than a journalist as spectator.
But as a former newspaper editor, who spent 25 years obsessing about finding stories and putting them in front of huge audiences (I spent most of my career at the Daily Mail), while I absolutely love and embrace new forms of telling and delivering stories I worry that great storytelling is losing its way.
Before the internet, before film, books, even pens and paper, we told stories using nothing but our bodies and imaginations. The earliest cave paintings reveal we told stories about our fears and beliefs, and these were passed down from generation to generation.
In this discussion, I'll explore the reasons stories are intrinsic to who we are and how we think… and why if we understand that without stories we cannot have consciousness we could be enjoying a new golden age of journalism.