As “twoo storytellers,” we couldn’t disagree more with this video.
Japanese gardens, for instance, are designed to tell a story with each vista. To say that the designers of such gardens have no right to bear the mantle of “storyteller” so severely limits the definition of “storytelling” that all the infinitely superior communication techniques embodied by such a title are thus relegated to a high shelf, out of reach of those involved in communication where such principles would do the most good.
We dare say storytelling is its most powerful when not confined inside books or cinema: when it is used to communicate, educate, to join people in mind and heart. That storytelling is also “real storytelling,” and it’s a sight more useful than this video!
As a professional cartoonist turned front-end developer, I want people to see themselves as storytellers. Everything we do benefits from storytelling principles, from project documentation to advertisements to graphic novels to telling your doctor how you hurt your arm so she can make it better.
It burns me up when someone starts drawing lines in the sand to distinguish the “twoo” from the “impostors,” be they designers or programmers. Yes, there is a spectrum of “not very good” to “master of their domain,” but to discount a person for trying makes me want to run up from behind the accuser and push them over their own demarcations! That sentiment is the root of all most grotesque bits of our humanity: “We are the TRUE believers/race/superiors/leaders/inheritors/geeks, and y’all are just a bunch of posers, so BAH!” Let’s be honest with each other: elitism is just a cheap way to put yourself on a shelf above the masses. We’ve used it to invade, enslave, and abuse each other for thousands of years. Do we really need to whip this puppy out on STORYTELLING? The very thing that unites us as HUMAN BEINGS?
No, no we don’t. This person is a jerk. A storyteller and also a really big jerk.