Friday, September 16, 2011

Storytelling in Any Medium

As the token librarian in social and familial circles, folks often try to get me to choose sides in the Print vs. Internet debate, or Book vs. eReader kerfluffle. I have to say that I can't choose sides; there are uses and advantages to both print and electronic information. I also can't agree that the internet is just for cat photos and timewasting. For one thing, it makes possible a whole new way to tell stories. For example, I can envision this piece appearing in a print magazine 15 or 25 years ago, possibly The New Yorker, but more likely in National Lampoon or Mad Magazine. However, seeing the "artifacts" reproduced brings something to the tale that a straight text narrative may have not. Also, something about scrolling down through bigger and better punchlines has an appeal.

Oh, the story? It's about two coworkers who just don't get along. If that's not enough to inspire you to click, then check this out:

Yes, that's teen heartthrob Justin Bieber photoshopped onto a pickle.

You're welcome.

p.s. No work time was consumed in the scrolling through these web pages. However, I would not recommend eating lunch while perusing, because you will definitely be at risk of choking on your sandwich.

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