Characteristics of Digital Storytelling

While digital storytelling shares many characteristics with other forms of narratives, such as plays, novels, movies, and news stories, there are important differences as well.


 Traditional Stories

● Are preconstructed; story elements cannot be changed

● Have a linear plot; they are usually told in linear fashion

● Author/writer is sole creator

● Are experienced passively

● Have one unchangeable ending 


Digital Storytelling

● Are malleable; they are not fixed in advance

● Are nonlinear, nonchronological

● The user cocreates the story

● Are experienced actively

● Different outcomes are possible

Source: Miller, C.H. (2008).  Digital Storytelling, 2nd Edition.  Retrieved from


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