“The internet, while it communicates so much information so very effectively, does not really â€œdoâ€ narrative. The blog is a soap box, not a story. Facebook is a place for tell-tales perhaps, but not for telling tales. The long-form narrative still does sit easily on the screen, although the e-reader is slowly edging into the mainstream. […]
What is needed is a machine that can combine the ease and speed of digital technology with the immersive pleasures of narrative.”
Narratives are a staple of every culture the world over. Yet, argues Ben Macintyre, writer at large for The Times (UK), they are disappearing in an online blizzard of tiny bytes of information.