Thoughts on #ModernNarrative and the Revitalization of #Publishing... From Brendan Howley
“I am just old enough to have lived through the peak of the '60s and '70s: a time where narrative itself was under intense fire.
The sensuality (the Pill, 'happenings') and technological immediacy (transistor radio, phonograph, TV) of the time is hardly remarked on now, but The Beatles did far more than shatter songwriting conventions: they ran almost all of media through the blender (later the Cuisinart).
This is a very particular species of post-religious egotism, this conscious destruction of storyline in favour of ecstasy or montage.
What's interesting now is that we are predicating a new media/publishing notion on the very populism the '60s admired...but never achieved.
We are advocates for a new kind of public life, a new kind of simultaneity, predicated on open source (media, finance, collaboration).
In a curious way, this thinking is a delayed reaction to the failures of both media and public life since c1965, made possible by the non-hierarchical web.”