There are three major eras in the tradition of storytelling:

The Oral Tradition

The Written Tradition

The Modern Tradition


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James Foster Robinson

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The Modern Tradition

Syd Lieberman

Modern storytelling has also been refered to as the "Media Stage" by Kathy Fitch. The modern tradition uses both oral and written methods of conveying stories.

Some modern methods of storytelling also include television, radio, Internet, and film. These methods became primary in telling stories to large audiences. News media revolutionized up-to-the-minute news coverage, and film became a primary medium for transmitting popular culture.

While modern storytellers may incorporate various media into thier performances, there is a definite backlash against the current, fast-paced form of storytelling we are used to today. The storytelling community has taken a step back, and tried to reclaim the languid, easy, live, oral tradition of transmitting values, legends, beliefs, and morals. Whereas past storytelling was a way of disseminating information, today's modern storytelling is an interactive experience between teller and listener where both grown and learn from each other.

Today there are hundreds of festivals all across the world dedicated to preserving this tradition, and making it available to any who will listen.