Designing public spaces for democratic stories

Mike Ananny, Carol Strohecker

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

We argue that civic discourse can also be public storytelling and propose three reasons to consider this relationship: stories' relational nature - their ability to represent uniquely human perspectives and emotions - may ameliorate aspects of citizens' disinterest in civic life; the ability of stories to represent both individual perspectives and cultural norms may offer a form of public opinion that is relevant on both personal and collective scales; and the inherent transparency of familiar narrative forms may offer new ways to explicate unfamiliar aspects civic discourse. We propose a relationship between civic discourse and public storytelling and review one system called TexTales in relation to a developing model of "democratic stories."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSRMC '04 - Proceedings of the First ACM Workshop on Story Representation, Mechanism and Context
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages47-50
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1581139314, 9781581139310
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
EventSRMC '04 - Proceedings of the First ACM Workshop on Story Representation, Mechanism and Context - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2004Oct 15 2004

Publication series

NameSRMC '04 - Proceedings of the First ACM Workshop on Story Representation, Mechanism and Context

Other

OtherSRMC '04 - Proceedings of the First ACM Workshop on Story Representation, Mechanism and Context
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period10/15/0410/15/04

Keywords

  • Community installation
  • Democratic stories
  • Participatory design
  • Public opinion

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