Storytelling is getting into the hands of demagogues tapping into individual’s dreams for success, power, riches and happiness. Here are two examples I’ve cropped off twitter today:
‘Power to the people’ attached to ‘how we will control’ with the following hashtags makes one think that storytelling is part of a dominating game one can win through engineering a manipulation to a pre-determined outcome. Possible, but not storytelling and cannot be done by anyone i.e. ‘the people’.
Simple is something everyone seems to believe lately. The 8 ‘simple’ tips mentioned in the link are not simple at all which is something I can say about storytelling in general – it requires knowledge and practice like anything else in life.
Storytelling is not the ultimate remedy for anything, not a business quickwin, a super-weapon or the pathway to heaven. It won’t help you mess-up other people’s brains in your objectives favor and will not win you a night with Madonna – which ever of those you are dreaming about.
Would you think the same about music, theatre, dance, painting, sculpturing or photography? no? so the same goes for storytelling.