Searching for Aristotle in the Digital Age: Creating Cultural Narrative with 21st Century Media Technologies

By Maggie Burnette Stogner.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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This paper examines how 21st century media technologies are fundamentally changing the ways in which we create cultural story and context. It explores pre-digital methodologies and today’s radical departure from Aristotle’s classic narrative. In particular, it examines how the authorial role is changing, and how this affects the creation, consumption, and interpretation of our human story. It analyzes trends that are giving rise to a new user-centric, democratized cultural narrative, and includes a range of examples of participatory, collective, and mobile forms. This paper offers a framework for understanding today’s user-centric narrative landscape and how it is altering our cultural context, interpretation and legacy.

Keywords: Storytelling, Culture, Arts, Technology, Mobile, Participatory, Collective, Aristotle, Museum, Exhibition, Heritage, Digital Media Technologies

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 1, October 2014, pp.11-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 28, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 646.951KB)).

Maggie Burnette Stogner

Associate Professor, School of Communication, Film and Media Arts, American University, Washington, DC, USA

Maggie Burnette Stogner is an associate professor of film and media arts at American University’s School of Communication in Washington D.C. She is founder and president of Blue Bear Films, a global media design and production company of documentaries and immersive media. Her creative work includes documentary film and multimedia design and production for the award-winning, world-touring exhibitions: Roads of Arabia; Tutankhamun and the Golden Pharaohs; Real Pirates; Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures; Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology. She has published articles in Curator, Journal of Museum Education, and international journals. From 1995 to 2005, Maggie was a producer and then senior producer of National Geographic’s weekly award-winning television program Explorer, overseeing over 200 documentary films. Her graduate degree is from Stanford University. She is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Primetime and Nonfiction Emmy Awards and an executive member of Women in Film and Video.