Good afternoon all,
My search for alternative storytelling led me to Google*, where I discovered The 18 Most Innovative Alternative News Stories of 2010. There, it lists slideshows, twitter feeds, facebook posts, maps, graphs, and timelines as ways to tell a story. Oddly enough, it also lists Groupon.
The repeating factor seemed to be use of social media to tell a story or "citizen journalists."
Because my examples are journalistic, truth is the ideal. They beg the question, what is the "truest" way to tell a story?
As we read in the Walter Benjamin essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" modern knowledge and power affect the technique and notion of art. He touches on the topic of authenticity, and how traditional perceptions of art relied on authenticity and veracity.
In any case--I think--when we look at these alternative news stories by twitter feed, or facebook, we are looking for authenticity. Part of the reason they attract and fascinate us is due to our attempt to discern whether they are true or accurate. (I think it's safe to say the ethos of most "citizen journalists" is undefined, so the ambivalence there is understandable. Likewise, the use of photoshop doesn't help matters.) The pursuit of the news story is the pursuit of the truth.
In summary, and as it relates to our purposes, journalism is (remains?) an alternative form of storytelling. I read that Din's first modes of submission included visual art, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, podcast, and video. Maybe we should include journalism?
*Speaking of Google, anyone remember their Super Bowl commercial that told stories via pictures of their search bar?