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Our stories began to reinforce rightness, first in the face of nature, then against those whose ways were different…

…What is required is a new kind of storytelling, a narrative engine that lends itself to our nonlinear, networked, omni-perspective digital age. The kind of storytelling where any audience member can suddenly and at any point start contributing to the narrative.

-The Hero’s Journey is No Longer Serving Us - Collective Journey

I like this notion of the collective journey, but think this piece over credits the internet with its rise. I think that collaborative and/or participatory storytelling has been around for a wicked long time. Maybe the hero’s journey gave us a way of framing certain narratives, but haven’t folks been participating in the stories they hear, read and tell for as long as folks have been hearing, reading and telling stories?