I’ve a new piece up over at WonkComms taking a look at the future of longform in the digital world. My basic point: the foundation of the web is fundamentally postmodern (hypertext finishes off any conceit that the Author is in control of the content). But we’re still writing as if the printing press were still king. Here’s a snippet:
My hunch is that the digital world is going to fundamentally change the shape of storytelling itself. Our conventions of modern storytelling have been driven by the limitations of the media in which they originated—first as part of an oral tradition, and later as part of a print tradition.
What both formats have in common is that they require us to consume stories sequentially.
Read the full thing at WonkComms.