Malmberg’s Post Press is where I collect my thoughts on innovative education and all things related to storytelling in the social media era. My background is in traditional storytelling and publishing, including an MFA degree, stacks of rejections from literary journals, and fifteen extra pounds on my frame. I’ve learned to disappear into my writing and forget myself, forget even what it is I’m trying to say or who I’m trying to say it to, because it has been doctrine now for many years:
Self-consciousness is the antithesis of creativity.
While that may be true, I find myself fascinated with the genesis of digital stories, which clearly do not have to be the products of meditative isolation. Digital stories (at their best) are usually collaborative objects, resonating with a halo of dynamic social interaction. Their seams are difficult to define, as they may involve several separate social tools, many different authors both consciously and otherwise, and media for all the senses.
And in this they are more and more important to pedagogy, which is my other realm of expertise. I know I am biased when I say that narrative is the fundamental unit of all knowledge and communication, but that is something I truly believe, as I believe that the technological evolution of narrative may be one of the most important changes to come to pedagogy in a long time.