Be It Known: stories told but unheard (of)

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Be It Known: stories told but unheard (of)

Post  Sean on Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:54 am

There is no shortage of stories to sift through and consider in multiple media, but there is a scarcity of genuinely good and meaningful stories that sufficiently impress me, well written with an interesting concept or message. Most of the stories I’ve read/watched --science fiction or not-- are published/produced by sources/names acknowledged in a particular sphere of audience.
Most of the stories are… not good.
An author or project doesn’t necessarily have to be any good—he/she or that project often just has to have a well publicized and marketable reputation/product. Creators of such fame and stature have sellable brand recognition. The audience has become increasingly lazy, spoiled and selfish, expecting stories to be handed and explained to them—usually at no cost in time or effort.
Regrettably, much of the audience doesn’t respect or appreciate the creators and their creativity, expecting simply to be catered to.
Alas, I’ve noticed there are very few venues for “unknown” independent and amateur (and talented) authors to get published and presented to the world, which tends to either discourage writers/ producers from “going public”-- or if they do, going generally unseen even by their target audience.
Sci-fi authorship exists, nascent or unknown, beyond the obvious and overt usual places, and is comprised of more than publicized or recognized names and intellectual properties. Infinite new stories are waiting to be discovered and revealed, unseen, effectively hidden, in unconventional and atypical sources. Obscured by an abundance of lameness, and audiences unwilling to give a chance to unvetted or unpublicized names— whether known by marketing or word of mouth.
But we have to look for them, coax them out, encourage and welcome them… or their stories would remain overlooked, untold and denied a broader audience potential.
Which is a tragedy.

We should try to help bring more attention to people and projects that don’t already have a reputation in the online arena. Spread word all grass-roots-like and support the little guy artists of merit, who aren’t already getting noticed. That’s totally in the spirit of AAE.
I think people like us— frequent denizens of the internets-- take it for granted that others know what we're talking about regarding online content. We forget or don't realize that it is a skewed perspective to assume "everyone" lives online like most of the tech/entertainment folks we associate with. When in fact, relatively few people are so immersed online. Believe it or not, there are actually a non-trivial amount of people who do NOT know what Twitter is, because they don't "live online". There is also a common false assumption or impression that being online means being among the Twittering crowd of techy/media geeks. Not everyone online hangs out or associates with the same crowd or communities.
Online or off, people tend to focus on projects with a pedigree, by people with a reputation—someone they’ve heard of; typically ignoring anyone else.
But there are a lot of others with noteworthy projects and lives that are not generally being recognized and partaken. Falling trees make no sound if no one is listening. We must listen more. We have to be willing to hear things off the beaten path.

Several such offerings can be found here—FTW/exclamation point:

Also, maybe even over this-a-way:


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