Since even before the time when Neolithic man started to scrawl on the walls of his cave, there has been a human tradition of telling stories.
From campfire tall tales to elaborate operatic sagas, throughout the ages we have loved to tell each other what we’ve been up to.
The internet has made it much easier for millions of stories to be told, almost simultaneously.
And that’s the problem, isn’t it?
There is so much out there, that it all starts to become noise. There’s no real narrative without a degree of filtering.
Take Twitter. If you followed everybody you’d be bombarded by a raw feed of human consciousness and switch it off within seconds. No, you choose who to follow, and you develop tastes and habits. You will also see trends start to form each day, and often these change within minutes.
It’s a similar story (pun intended) at cowbird.com, a sumptuous multimedia site which draws together the cream of the new generation of storytellers who bring to life the events that affect us all, with numerous voices and from various points of view.
This is the finer side of citizen journalism and it’s a literary and visual treat to spend time here.
You will love this site.
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