Usage of Stories is up 842% over the past two years, has almost 1 billion users, and Facebook predicts that they'll take over the news feed sometime next year. So what does this mean for the future of social media, advertising, and digital communication?
"If Stories are our new favorite tool, we must learn to wield them judiciously. Sometimes a memory is worth more than an audience. [...] There’s no richer way to share, so they’re going to be around for a while. We better learn to gracefully coexist." — Josh Constine, Editor-at-large @ Techcrunch
Sidenote: Along with this comes the very real prospect of vertical video becoming the #1 video format on social media, especially for advertisers. Chew on that!
In March of this year, Apple Podcasts reported 50 bn all-time episode downloads and streams, up from 7 bn in 2014. So you'd be forgiven for thinking audio storytelling is a recent phenomenon.
This post by Damian Radcliffe compiles notable moments in audio storytelling. From Orson Welles' 1938 War of the Worlds drama, to radio talk shows and breaking news stories. A delight for the ears.
Video and interactive media arts dominate this years' Turner Prize nominations. Of the four nominees, three are solo artists working with video whilst the final nominee is Forensic Architecture - a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Mobile video features as both subject and medium in a number of works whilst the work of collective Forensic Architecture seeks to
[...] reconstruct a hybrid of physical and virtual space [using] the metadata surrounding phone calls and phone-camera videos, meteorology, eyewitness accounts, reconstructions...
The winner will be announced in December and all four nominees will be exhibiting at Tate Britain from September.