Seth Godin’s 2005 All Marketers are Liars was subsequently published with “liars” exchanged for “storytellers” in the title. Godin defends equating storytelling with lying as a promotional stunt, a story and lie in of itself. Yet in many ways stories are lies that aid us in identifying where, and where not, to find meaning. They are always works of selected truth, containing information relevant to the story teller’s aims, chosen based on the meaning that the teller wants to create. They are never the full or only story; the meaning deduced is not inevitable. The resulting relationship between story and meaning is a minefield of construction.
I have a history of being kicked out. It began with Girl Scouts when, at age 8, I pressured my troop to stop earning badges, as their purchase decreased our field trip fund. I was cut from my first and second-track teams. Later, at Boston College, I was fired from my position as Wiki Master when I refused to perform edits that I believed were against the spirit of collaborative software. As someone who craves inclusion, I’m poor at maintaining it. This is probably why I embraced the post-internet label; It felt like a club too nebulous to ever be kicked out of. I was looking for something like this when my Citrus Glow, 3:32 was disqualified from the Lumen Prize for Digital Art.