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Monday, March 24, 2008

We Tell Ourselves Google Maps In Order to Live

posted by on March 24 at 12:16 PM

This We Tell Stories website has been up for a few weeks now. It’s supposed to be Penguin Books’ new attempt to attract web traffic and get with the very late twentieth century.

I tried reading The 21 Steps last week and my interest quickly waned: basically, it’s a super-short story told on Google Maps. I don’t understand what the maps bring to the story, except for a sad little bid at ‘interactivity’ by clicking on the mouse every time you finish another sentence. I don’t believe that this is the future for anybody but a couple of marketers in Penguin’s British Online Promotions Bureau.

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May as well rename slog to Not that I'm complaining, I like the content, but the rest of you slog writers better not slack off thinking Paul's got ya covered. ;)

Posted by pcismyhero | March 24, 2008 12:36 PM

Predictable, insipid, boring, and wholly reliant on an ineffective device. That story was simply awful. For being "super-short," it took nearly an hour to get through all the clicking and mapping.

In short: don't read it.

Posted by Aislinn | March 24, 2008 1:26 PM

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