This statement, made by a very close peer of mine, might look somewhat extreme to you yet it carries more than a seed of truth. Made by someone who has over 25 years experience in performing with people of all ages, she experiences the shift in audiences perception and attention – and she’s not alone.
Some kids can no longer listen to stories, they need to be shown something.
Some kids can no longer look at drawings but light-up when shown the same image on screen.
Some kids can no longer look at photorealistic images – they need a cartoon or an icon.
Some kids look deaf if you don’t shout at them or over animate every word you say.
Some adults can no longer listen to stories not about the present or the close past.
Some adults can no longer listen to stories not about themselves.
Some adults can no longer listen to stories not told by them.
They find folktales irrelevant, not utilitarian enough.
The power of the spoken word hasn’t disappeared and it never will. But with the enormous forces applied by hardware, software, advertising and media corporations – to consume, consume and consume some more – kids brains are being rewired. What to? pretty simple – to consume media. Lately becoming a synonym to advertising.
Maybe not (yet).