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The BS of Storytelling

The BS of Storytelling

keynote presentation for 2015 Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) conference, June, Denver

Storytelling, you know the metaphors- cave paintings, campfires. There are all kinds of ways I could describe them, and the BS is not the BS you may be thinking of. Rather than defining, constraining storytelling, I share my experiences of creating digital stories and teaching to others of what "works" as elements, with suggestions how you can think of it as more than just a magic spice you sprinkle on your work.

Alan Levine

June 18, 2015
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  1. THE BS OF STORYTELLING ALAN LEVINE go.cogdog.it/bs-storytelling Wikimedia Commons Image

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  5. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by

    ex_magician:
  6. EVERYBODY IS A STORYTELLER flickr photo by kaje_yomama http://flickr.com/photos/kajeyomama/4987968865 shared

    under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
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  9. flickr photo by Giuseppe Bognanni http://flickr.com/photos/79286287@N00/420455953 shared under a Creative

    Commons (BY) license
  10. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by pasukaru76: http://flickr.com/photos/pasukaru76/3694736727/

  11. BS BE SCARED flickr photo by calebdrostphoto http://flickr.com/photos/drostphotos/1405372343 shared under

    a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  12. creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by cogdogblog: http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/11023534043

  13. TELL ME A STORY

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    g-mikee: http://flickr.com/photos/g-mikee/5202927662/
  15. TELLING ~= PERFORMING

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  17. flickr photo by Kevin Shorter http://flickr.com/photos/28648582@N02/5766506970 shared under a Creative

    Commons (BY) license BS BIG SECRET
  18. WHAT WORKS?! THE OPENING

  19. ONCE UPON A TIME...

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  21. The last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room.
  22. The Last man alive on Earth sat alone in a

    room. There was a knock at the door. "KNOCK" BY FREDERICK BROWN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knock_(short_story)
  23. WHAT WORKS?! THE HOOK

  24. youtu.be/IG1ZkW_u_Bw

  25. JJ Abrams: The Mystery Box youtu.be/vpjVgF5JDq8

  26. WHAT WORKS?! EXPECTATIONS

  27. Troy Library: Book Burning Party http://youtu.be/AoT13m8-Kxo

  28. WHAT WORKS?! CHARACTERS

  29. A TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/9zf0dqzTUPk

  30. A TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/9zf0dqzTUPk

  31. ANOTHER TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT COMMERCIAL http://youtu.be/Lmf0F7JxxXE

  32. WHAT WORKS?! JUXTAPOSITION

  33. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by kevindooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2172001078/

  34. cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by

    chuck_heston: http://flickr.com/photos/chuckheston/383386494/
  35. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by

    Pay No Mind: http://flickr.com/photos/paynomind/65010034/
  36. BS BIZARRE SHAPES Public Domain Wikimedia Commons image

  37. THE PYRAMID

  38. THE LUMPY HILL

  39. THE CYCLE

  40. THE OBVIOUS

  41. KURT VONNEGUT "THE SHAPE OF STORIES" http://youtu.be/oP3c1h8v2ZQ

  42. BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL RECUT http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/

  43. ! http://www.ishmaelscorner.com/2014/09/07/budweiser-puppy-love-storytelling/ “Be$a$sadist.$No$matter$how$sweet$ and$innocent$your$leading$ characters,$make$awful$things$ happen$to$them$—$in$order$that$the$ reader$may$see$what$they$are$made$ of.”$ —Kurt$Vonnegut

  44. BS BRAIN SCIENCE flickr photo by PinkPersimon (

  45. Paul Zak: Empathy, Neurochemistry, and Dramatic Arc http://youtu.be/DHeqQAKHh3M

  46. BS BUILDING SUSPENSE Public Domain Wikimedia Commons image

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  48. BS BY SCIENCTISTS flickr photo by NASA Goddard Photo and

    Video http://flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6385412459 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
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  51. http://youtu.be/9_LLj4_3ZRA

  52. http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Be-Such-Scientist-Substance/dp/1597265632

  53. MY STORY CARDS

  54. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  55. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by mictlan74: http://flickr.com/photos/mictlan74/3374564653

  56. ! http://pechaflickr.net

  57. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  58. ! http://5card.cogdogblog.com/

  59. I DEAL STORIES (NOT ‘IDEAL’)

  60. ! ds106.us

  61. THE BS OF STORYTELLING ALAN LEVINE go.cogdog.it/bs-storytelling Wikimedia Commons Image