Picking a Blog Name, Part Five
The old movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn is reputed to have snarled at a screenwriter, “If ya wanna send a message, use Western Union!” And yet so many of the greatest storytellers (novelists, filmmakers, playwrights) do send messages.
The key, I think, is that their messages don’t “sit” on their stories like rodeo riders atop bucking broncos; they move with them, are, in fact, inseparable from them. What would Les Miserables be without its message? Or To Kill a Mockingbird? Or even Toy Story?
Not only can stories deliver a message, they are the best way to deliver a message. Because in a well told story listeners not only hear but experience the message. And experience, as the saying goes, is the best teacher.
So this blog site’s subtitle is The Power of Story.
But power to do what?
Power to change. Our beliefs. Our commitments. Our actions. Like any powerful tool, Story can be used for good or for bad. Hitler used it in his book Mein Kampf to speak lies into people’s lives, lies that led to the deaths of millions.
This site was originally going to be called Don’t Read This, You’ll Only Encourage Him, but maybe I should have called it Read This, It May Encourage You!
Nice message, but too corny.