I’m taking part in a strange experiment.
As part of my online course on The Future of Storytelling, the 50.000-odd students were asked last week to create a character, give him/her/it a web presence, and let them interact with each other.
So, during this week, some 50.000 imaginary web citizens entered or will enter the net – as Facebook profiles, as blogs, as G+ identities, as tumblrs, as e-mail addresses, as podcasts.
They are out there, or will be soon, interacting with each other, and with… you.
There will be stories born.
There will be stories, I think, developed across the media landscape – a weird, heady mix of storytelling, multimedia and roleplaying game.
Now, admittedly – setting up a character with a virtual life is no laughing matter.
It takes time, imagination, effort.
Outlining the character was simple and fun – I picked an old character from some stories I wrote 30 years ago.
But then translating it to the web in a believable way… ouch!
It’s a chore – I got bogged down in passwords, nicknames, whistles and bells.
But the results… ah, the results will be fun.
Of that I’m almost certain.
- Keeping It in Character (koboldpress.com)
- Back to School (karavansara.wordpress.com)
- The Future of Storytelling: Chapter 1 Review (thedesignbender.wordpress.com)
- The Future Of Storytelling by Prof. Winfried Gerling, Prof. Constanze Langer, MA Christina Maria Schollerer, and Julian van Dieken (thedesignbender.wordpress.com)
- iversity.org’s The Future of Storytelling (mharobed.wordpress.com)
- Europe’s iversity Launches 1st MOOCs With 100k+ Students & Curriculum Of 24 Courses (techcrunch.com)
- QuickWire: European MOOC Provider’s First Courses Go Online (chronicle.com)