the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts
I was happy to hear that WGBH was interested in having storytellers on the radio. I am a bit perplexed however about the plan, and wondered if I am the only one questioning whether boiling a 5 minute story to a one minute story is really going to promote an appreciation for good storytelling among those unfamiliar. I do not think that I would want to be a part of it until I had heard a few examples of 5 minute personal tales being edited down to one minute before I put in a story. To me it sounds like sound bites, the way our media is learning to feed us news, rather than a story with enough of what makes a story a story to be satisfying.
I remember years ago that we were challenged to tell one-minute versions of folktales. I thought that was fun, and it did sometimes work, but it was more humorous than satisfying. I'd like to hear other people's opinions on this. Maybe I just need clarification as to what their goal is. If it is just a "taste" of storytelling, mass. mouth style, then great. If it is meant to represent storytelling, then, I'm very skeptical.
Thanks for listening,