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The medium is the mold

Matt Steel

I’ve been thinking about the differences between oral and written storytelling. About the hardwired human urge to document and share our experiences. When we speak and write we organize and externalize sensory input, confirm its existence and thereby our own, and create shared meaning through dialogue. Our senses of sight, smell, hearing and touch take things in, but our mouths and hands are unique in that they send information back out into the world.

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Matt, thanks for sharing! I think that written stories are more entertaining when the authors includes oral components, like sensory details. This leads to a fuller, livelier tale.