Monday, February 28, 2011
The Man, the Myth, the Muppet
I recently discovered a show from the 80's on Netflix called Jim Henson's The Story Teller. (You may remember Jim Henson from his part in The Muppets. Hooray for The Muppets!) The idea behind the show is that a character sits around his old fireplace and tells his dog stories based on popular myths and legends. It really brought to mind that the art of storytelling is dead. Certainly Western culture has whipped up a replacement with television, movies, radio and internet, but gone are the days when a man or woman can sit around and rhythmically weave a story to an entranced audience. Media has created an outlet that shapes our minds to think in tiny fragments rather than to be immersed in a hypnotic tale. They slap in a massive speckling of commercials and advertisements to keep our mind racing and sucking in information, but never interacting or using our own minds in turn. Mushy minds are made of those societies without story tellers, my own mind included. I just find this topic sad and thought provoking. Where have all the story tellers gone?