Dr. Michael Wesch — Unboxing Stories
A pioneer in digital ethnography, Dr. Michael Wesch studies how our changing media is altering human interaction. As an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea, Wesch saw firsthand how oral storytelling worked for much of human civilization: It was a group activity that rewarded participation, transformed our perceptions, and created a changing flow of stories across generations. Reading and writing replaced oral storytelling with linear, fixed stories. Upon returning from Papua New Guinea, Wesch created the 2007 viral video hit Web 2.0ƒThe Machine Is Us/ing Us, about the Internet's effects on our culture. At FoST, he'll explore how our evolution from a literate culture to a digital one can return us to collaborative storytelling, resulting in a more engaged, participatory, and connected society.
Tom Perlmutter — The Evolution of Cinema and the Birth of a New Art Form
Technological advances have made it possible for films to be interactive, putting the power...
David Weinberger — The Networking of Knowledge and Storytelling
David Weinberger identifies the cardinal challenge of the storyteller in the age of networked knowledge: to expose us to points of view other than our own, to free us from the "echo chamber" of narratives that merely reinforce what we already know or believe.