Jean Claire Dy

Over the years, I have learned not to take the power of story for granted. Reynolds Price said it well: “A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens–second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.” I also recognize the importance of continuously taking into account how alternative storytelling can inform, inspire and influence communities. In an increasingly mediated world, it is a challenge for storytellers and media practitioners to also problematize the ways we clarify, intensify, and interpret reality in the media.