The New Digital Storytelling

Creating Narratives with New Media--Revised and Updated Edition, 2nd Edition

by Bryan Alexander


Storytelling just might be the most important cognitive tool of the 21st century.

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July 2017


Pages 291
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/New Media and Journalism

Newly revised and updated, this is the essential guide to state-of-the-art digital storytelling for audiences, creators, and teachers.

Written for everyone interested in the communication potential of digital media, including educators, marketers, communication professionals, and community activists, this is the ultimate guide to harnessing technology for storytelling. No other book covers the digital storytelling movement as thoroughly as this updated second edition of a popular work, nor does any incorporate as many technologies, from video to augmented reality, mobile devices to virtual reality.

The book combines history, analysis, and practical guidance about digital storytelling. It begins with a history that encompasses an exploration of storytelling itself, as well as a description of narratives using digital tools from the 1980s through 2000. From there, the author dives into modern digital storytelling, offering analysis and guidance regarding the use of digital video, podcasting, social media, gaming, mobile devices, and virtual and augmented reality. The work concludes with practical advice about how to create and share digital stories using the most current tools so even the new would-be storyteller can create their first digital narrative.

Of course, the second edition is updated to take into account the many ways the field has advanced since the original book appeared. With many new examples of digital stories, this edition's evidence base is current and fresh. New or transformed technologies are also addressed, including virtual reality; mobile devices that have become mainstream tools for creating, sharing, and experiencing digital stories; and the wide variety of new storytelling apps and services.


  • Documents how digital storytelling has become an international movement, with vibrant communities of practice, ever-developing ideas, and growing appeal
  • Captures the full depth and breadth of the history and present of digital storytelling, while also offering practical tips for getting started making stories
  • Incorporates a plethora of digital technologies, from video to augmented reality, and mobile devices to virtual reality
  • Points out that digital storytelling has a variety of uses and encompasses a growing diversity of technologies, even as it becomes ever more accessible to everyday creators
Author Info

Bryan Alexander, PhD, is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1997; taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana; and worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. In 2013, Alexander launched a consulting business with more than 50 clients worldwide. He also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His published work includes the first edition of The New Digital Storytelling and Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K–12. Alexander has been teaching popular digital-storytelling workshops since 2003.

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