Old Media vs New Media

A question that has often been asked quite frequently within the literature world is, “Have new forms of digital media replaced the traditional methods that have been so predominantly used within society for the past few decades?” In the short digital movie “Lost and Found” by Jeff Leinaweaver, Jeff, an orphan, describes the connection his family has had with a particular aircraft known as the 1958 Piper Tri-pacer N8722D.

Storycenter, the platform on which “Lost and Found” and many other short digital fiction stories are told upon allows the producers or authors to create short clips and allow aspects within their works such as voice and imagery to play a role within their story. It invites the viewer to make a connection with the author and truly experience the story from his or her viewpoint.

Though this emotional attachment may be beneficial to Storycenter, there are many more drawbacks which deteriorate the value of this type of platform. The length of the movies is of particular interest as they do not allow enough time to understand the full story and does not allow for a complete connection. The characters of the Storycenter clips are very underdeveloped compared to a book, which makes it difficult to genuinely bond with the characters of the tale. The brief and compact digital stories also have no real introduction or conclusion for the story itself, leaving the viewer often feeling as if there is no beginning or ending to the story, just a series of images pieced together hastily in the form of a 2-4 minute video.


Story Gallery. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2017, from https://www.storycenter.org/story-g allery//lost-and-found-by-jeff-leinaweaver

Jett, Travis. 1958 Piper Tripacer. 2006. New Hampshire. Airport Data. Web. 27 Mar. 2017. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000008363.html.