4 Modern Narratives

A lot of people would argue that technology cancels out much of the romanticism of storytelling.

Dating sites replace real-life meet cutes, social interaction = social media, and the “narcissism” of the millennial generation is enough to send any reader in search of simpler times.

But something these people don’t realize is that technology can be used as a storytelling outlet, as much as (if not more than) paper and pen. Vast and vague as it is, many artists make use of the internet to create meaningful narratives that transcend the limits of past storytellers.

Quite without realizing it, I’ve been collecting some of these ‘modern’ stories over the past few years. And now that I’ve put some additional thought into it, I’ve come up with a short list. So, here are some narratives to restore your faith in storyteling in our technology-ridden world:

1. “The Museum of Four in the Morning” by Rives

Poet/multimedia artist Rives delivered “The Museum of Four in the Morning” as a lyrical Ted talk in 2014, though it had been an on-going “hobby” since 1996. It’s the story of a mere coincidence evolving into somewhat of a lucky charm, and testifies to the wonder of the internet, but also how it is acts essentially as a connection. To us, and to our past.


2. “Project Rebuild” by Sachiko Murakami

Canadian poet Sachiko Murakami creates collaborative poetry projects, like Project Rebuild, which asks its collaborators to “inhabit a poem” by interactively entering into one of the many houses in the “neighbourhood” and then “renovating” that particular poem to suit them.


3. “My Mother’s House” by Victoria Bennett and Adam Clarke

As Victoria Bennett was caring for her terminally ill mother, she wrote this poem as she dealt with the experiences of grief and loss, as well as trying to understand the things a loved one leaves behind. Presented as a playable Minecraft map and voiced by its author, it focuses on “immers[ing] the player in the experience of a poem.”


4. “The Family Tree” by Radical Face 

Ben Cooper aka Radical Face started “The Family Tree” over eight years ago, with the intention of “writ[ing] my own family saga, only in music form instead of a novel.” What results is four albums: “The Roots,” “The Branches,” and “The Leaves,” as well as the songs that didn’t end up fitting into these main albums, which he dubbed “The Bastards.” There’s now an interactive map that shows how the songs connect, along with little blurbs about the characters, and their storylines.



I hope this inspires you to look for stories in your own interactions with the internet and technology! If you find any/know of any, please let me know in the comments! I absolutely love learning about innovative storytelling.


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I'm Emma Kath. Welcome to my blog! This is where I post my original book reviews, litstyle (lifestyle for the lit-nerd), and other bookish things. A little about me: I'm Canadian, and currently a student majoring in English lit and cultural studies. I'm an introvert (INFJ, if you believe in that sort of thing), sarcastic to the bone, I love art and history, and hope to one day travel around a bit. Until then, I'll be reading, writing, and trying to spread a little kindness around the internet. If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to contact me!

8 thoughts on “4 Modern Narratives

  1. These are really awesome! I hate when people complain about technology taking over “what-used to be” when that’s what technology always has done. The Family Tree and Project Rebuild are really cool!


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