A Short History of Storytelling
the oldest form of communication
For thousands of years, human beings have sought to communicate with each other.
Even in our earliest days, we would gather around primitive firesides to cook our food and tell each other’s stories.
By the light of these early fires we created our first paintings: Magnificent scenes of animals, landscapes and of course, ourselves.
From these first drawings, writing was born.
As the millennia marched on, our world and our stories became more complex, but the need to tell them stayed as strong as ever.
In ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, great civilizations rose and fell bound together with common language and the written word.
During the Renaissance Period in Europe, the written word was given even more voice by the invention of the printing press.
Through this marvelous innovation, one voice was suddenly able to rise above the rest, and be read by thousands of people at the same time.
The power and reach of ideas was flourishing
During this time, we started to bridge the vast distance between the people of the world with trading vessels crossing the seas and sharing fantastic tales of foreign lands, exotic goods and new innovations.
The unstoppable movement toward a more connected world continued in the 19th Century with the invention of the telegraph, which allowed people to communicate instantly over hundreds or even thousands of miles.
It was the radio and later the television that brought the world into our living rooms, for there we would sit together and marvel at the instantaneous transmission of the wonder, and sometimes horror, that is our world.
Today we live in a world of unprecedented access to information.
Through the internet, the ubiquity of mobile computing, and the growing power of social networks, we humans are more closely linked than ever before.
In so many ways, this moment in our history is not unlike those that came before.
Here we are now, all gathered around the virtual fire, connecting with each other, and telling each other’s stories.
This is the story now.