After reading both articles about the Slender Man and Web 2.0 Storytelling, it is clear that we have entered a new era of storytelling: Digital Storytelling. However, this new era begs the question, “Is this a new means of storytelling?” I believe that this new era still uses the same ideals of traditional storytelling; we are just using a new medium.  To go along with this new medium, Shira Chess points out in her article, “Open-Sourcing Horror” that stories are getting passed along much faster than they used to. With the rise of the internet, we are seeing new stories and myths being developed, scrutinized, and passed along in a matter of hours. In pre-internet times, this process might take years, decades, even centuries to occur.  I believe that the same stories are being told, they are just being passed around at a much faster rate.

In her article, Shira Chess also discusses the rise of the Slender Man.  It is a cool concept to think that the story of the slender man was created completely online. It is also neat to know that so many people contributed to building and fleshing out his actual myth/story. The benefit of his creation beginning online, is that ‘historians’ can trace exactly when and where he started, and also how he evolved quickly in a short amount of time.  Traditional myths began centuries ago and some are impossible to trace their origins.  The time stamp aspect of digital storytelling sets it apart from traditional storytelling.  However, there can be downsides to everything being digital.. When someone is physically telling a story, whether it’s scary, or not, the narrator has the opportunity to create suspense and change the mood based on the tone and sound of their voice.  When reading a story online, that feeling of suspense and distinct storytelling from the narrator is lost in text.  It is much harder to express that emotion in text than it is to read someone’s body language.

 

It’s interesting that they talk about horror-genre stories being effective as a result of exigency, or rhetorical timing.  I would have never connected the two of those. In my public speaking class, we talked about exigency in relation to disasters and the timeliness of the president’s response to that disaster.