Twessay #2 Storytelling

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There is something unique about storytelling and how it engages people compared to other ways of informing people of what happened, such as articles and reports.Β There is a difference between telling someone facts about what happened the day before and telling someone the story of what happened yesterday. The difference between simply talking and telling a story is that storytelling is usually highly subjective, usually exaggerated and includes lots of detail to allow the audience to feel like they were there or that they are ‘in on the story’.

Now what really gives stories their own twists is how they are told. Since the beginning of time storytelling has evolved. In Irish history, Ogham inscriptions on stones were the earliest form of writing and recording. Most Ogham stones were used as headstones to record the names of the deceased, how old they were when they passed and where they were from. Here in UCC we are lucky enough to have a ‘stone corridor’ which contains a number of ancient Ogham stones. Although Ogham itself is technically considered its own language, it is the way in which stories were recorded and told that I am focusing on.Β After Ogham stones, scriptures were the next form of writing. [1] The oldest of such scriptures was transcribed in 1100 and was titled, “The Book of Dun Cow”.

Like everything in the past, changes took time. [2] It wasn’t until 1551 when the first book in Ireland (The Book of Common Prayer) was actually printed. Up until this point everything was handwritten.

In contrast to these slow gradual changes that took centuries to happen, since the first movie ever made in 1888 and the first radio broadcast in 1906, plenty has changed in this time. Storytelling since has become more and more popular in the world of movies, gaming and interactive documentaries. One of the interactive documentaries I have watched and played with is bear71 Β which gives you the narrative of the life of Bear 71 while you can journey through the woods she lived in and find out about all the other species of animals and plants that lived alongside her.

As part of our Β twessay assignment there were loads of responses from people in my class. In these tweets they shared their views and understandings of the evolution of storytelling.

In the tweet below, Joseph combats the negative stigma behind reading off kindles compared to traditional paperback books.

Other tweets including Alex’s and Katie’s added how storytelling is becoming more and more prominent in the digital age through games and intangible media.


Ironically enough, tweeting is one of the latest storytelling inventions where you must get your point across in 140 characters or less. This is both Β a challenge and teaches one how to condense down what they want to say down to the very core of their argument!



[1] “Existing manuscript literature”Β


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