Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tell Me A Story

When I was in graduate school I heard about a book called "The Wind Done Gone." As I recall it didn't get rave reviews but it did get a lot of press. Here's why.

Alice Randall decided to rewrite "Gone With the Wind" from the perspective of the mulatto maid. (Yikes!)

As you can imagine this didn't go over well with many folks. In particular, The Margaret Mitchell Estate was REALLY disturbed by this "illegitimate" interpretation of the hallowed southern classic. In fact, they were disturbed to the tune of a very expensive lawsuit which was eventually settled out of court.

While I can't say for sure whether or not any of the Estate's charges were valid, I do know this.

People have different perspectives on reality. Whether it's the reality of the antebellum South, the reality of abortion, or the reality of gay rights there are a multitude of frames on every issue. More important, these frames affect us. They inform our laws, our journals, our dinner conversation. And that is why it's SO IMPORTANT that diverse stories are told.

Until recently the privilege to tell a story and to frame the important issues of the day has been afforded to a small few - journalists, gatekeepers, media, folks with money and a distribution vehicle.

The good news is that the Internet is now providing an unparalleled opportunity for multiples stories and perspectives to be told.

I'm hear to say, don't get left out! Don't wait for The Press or The Thought Leaders to cover you. Tell your story. Seize the moment. Stake your place!