Thursday, January 19, 2006


Perlin's question "Why does a character in a book or movie seem more `real' to us than a character in a computer game?" is ultimately answered, after an alternatively insightful ("The power of the work lies in pulling us into the point of view of a character who makes moral choices wildly at odds with the choices that most of us make") to off-base conclusions from these insights ("...only because we agree to give over our choice-making power") through a serious confusion of forms of literature (theater, cinema and animation are variants of the novel--one type of short-story form is confused with the novel form, etc.) to the bizarre conclusion that getting a perfect illusion of life in avatars will fundamentally solve believability problems.

Perlin's Response to Vesna that he is not "proposing...a sort of `hyper-realism'...but [rather] a sort of `hyper-believability.'" But, in providing his solution he is, in fact, proposing hyper-realism and hoping that it will produce hyper-believability.

My answer to the question at the top of this post, should be obvious. We don't get better stories, because substitute an amateur storyteller for a professional.
Consequently, a good storyteller will be able to see either format as real. Even if the product, old media or new, is technically flawed. An amateur, however, whose business is not storytelling and doesn't really intend to make it one, will be prohibited from investing any story from becoming real, not only due to even minor flaws in the medium, but flaws within themselves.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Again, I have not read the book.

But, (not following the but rule)

Let me go off on a rant here. The terms “amateur” and “professional” storyteller is going to put Joe Lambert in his digitalstorytelling grave. How does being paid or not paid provide any value to the storyteller or the product they product.

Plus as a connoisseur of the radio drama hyper believability of narrative can cross from the production to the “real” world.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Taco said...

I agree with Mark. The difference between pro and am is payment and that's such a fine line. Also, waiting for the book to be shipped...

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Curtisgeist said...

The amateur author I'm referring to is the user. When you give the user elements that are better suited to an author, results will vary according to the mind of the user.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger JK said...

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