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Privacy & Google, Web 2.0 StoryTelling & A Place to Bury Strangers links for 2008-11-06

in Muir Woods, California

  • A story has a beginning, a middle, and a cleanly wrapped-up ending. Whether told around a campfire, read from a book, or played on a DVD, a story goes from point A to B and then C. It follows a trajectory, a Freytag Pyramid—perhaps the line of a human life or the stages of the hero’s journey. A story is told by one person or by a creative team to an audience that is usually quiet, even receptive. Or at least that’s what a story used to be, and that’s how a story used to be told. Today, with digital networks and social media, this pattern is changing. Stories now are open-ended, branching, hyperlinked, cross-media, participatory, exploratory, and unpredictable. And they are told in new ways: Web 2.0 storytelling picks up these new types of stories and runs with them, accelerating the pace of creation and participation while revealing new directions for narratives to flow.
  • A Place to Bury Strangers

  • There were some really loud performances during KEXP’s live broadcast from Gibson Showroom during the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon — from bands like All The Saints, Johnny Foreigner, and Freshkills — but undoubtedly the loudest of all came from A Place to Bury Strangers, a group whose extreme decibel level had even caused the NYC police to shut down a CMJ club show earlier in the week!
  • Eschewing any notions of revolution in favour of evolution, A Place To Bury Strangers have moved the scuzzed-up possibilities of 21st century rock’n’roll to where it should be – louder, brasher and with the ability to upset firmly in place. The album largely succeeds because of its honesty.
    (tags: aptbs review)
  • “Screaming out of New York City at a million decibels an hour, A Place To Bury Strangers trade in unrelenting bursts of feedback, elliptical basslines and clinically brutal drum fills.” That’s how Rock Sound describes APTBS latest opus (which has finally been given a UK release through Rocket Girl) in this month’s issue and gives them 9/10 for it. Not bad, eh
    (tags: aptbs uk review)

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