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The Opposite of a Story
We humans are made for stories. We love to hear stories. Stories make ideas more relatable and memorable.
I have been learning about the art of storytelling, both written and verbal. Basically it comes down to this:
- Cut the BS
- Build tension
- Stay focused on your message
Whatever you do, don’t be boring. ✔️
I personally want to tell engaging stories to inspire people.
But the latest Invisibilia episode raises an interesting point: Yes, stories are powerful. But is that always a good thing? What if stories can be weaponized to manipulate you? (For example, I don’t know, maybe “The election was stolen.”)
To that end, Invisibilia decided to look at the opposite of a tight, message-driven story. They decided to focus on super slow, boring non-stories. For example an uninterrupted 9-hour train ride through Norway. It originally aired on Norwegian TV. They also did a ship’s 11-hour journey and more.
I have to say that the result is oddly satisfying. I mean, it’s not The Usual Suspects or even Citizen Kane, but it hits right if you want something relaxing. And it definitely will not manipulate you into thinking anything more than, “Gosh, Norway is pretty.” or perhaps just, “Ahh, trains…”
Hell, I have it on in the background right now just for the sound. They describe this kind of video as having “weak narrativity”. 😆
The video is so slow that you have to make sure it’s not paused after you start it. 🤔
But it picks up (kind of). 🚞
👉 The podcast also suggests that this kind of non-narrative might promote democracy, individualism, and community. Not bad for some train footage.
And don’t forget slow radio.
Golden Pass Railway 🚃
I may need to visit Switzerland 🇨🇭 just for the train ride. 🤩
Real Rail for Austin!
During the presidential election last month, I was surprised to see that there was also a local transit plan called Project Connect on the ballot. I kind of assumed it would fail since there was a pandemic on, traffic was way down, and people were avoiding crowded spaces. 🤷🏻♂️
So the headline on the latest edition of Community Impact shocked me.
Historic public transportation expansion on its way to Austin
And it passed by a hefty margin. 💪🏻
I was farther stunned to see that this is not some BS 💩 rail system built on existing freight rail lines (wtf?) but a real urban rail system actually running through the heart of the city where people can truly ditch their cars forever and hop on the train. This line runs right down South Congress, where I can walk to it to get to downtown, UT, or the airport entirely car-free. 🎊
This project can help make the city more human-oriented, more convenient, reduce the need for all that ugly asphalt, take some pressure off those gridlocked streets, and help the planet. For about $25/month I’m soooo in.
Maybe one day Austin will look a little bit like Lisbon. 🤷🏻♂️
The Yellow Tram of Lisbon
Next time I’m in Portugal, I’m going to ride the little yellow tram. What a stylish way to get around! I don’t even care where I’m going. 😆