Stories have been a part and parcel of mankind’s collective consciousness and social culture since

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Stories have been a part and parcel of mankind’s collective consciousness and social culture since the dawn of man’s awareness. They have served as guidelines and a means of ingraining and maintaining values, norms, mores and in innumerable cases defined the precepts for acceptable behavior for men, women and children within a community. Many of them are based in pre-history (myth) and history while still others are based on and are a reflection of contemporary civilization and yet others are set in distinctly futuristic time lines. Some are passed on for generations, becoming interwoven into the cultural fabric of a civilization; for example The ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’ epics of the sub-continent, define its cultural ethos as well as…show more content…
After the 6th century A.D, they were replaced by codex. Come the mid-fifteenth century, the invention of the Gutenberg printing press by Johannes Gutenberg and subsequently the steam powered rotary press in the nineteenth-century, ensured the immortality of stories in the form of books and paperbacks. The technological advancements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of publishing houses enabled the story to capture a person’s imagination like never before. Whereas, in the days of Yore, the story had to rely on word of mouth, stage and theater artists to reach a wider audience; now through the medium of books and paperbacks, it could reach a far greater and greatly dispersed humanity. As the spread and reach of stories increased, so did their mesmerizing influence on man. Books and paperbacks ensured the hitherto unknown writer, author, poet, sage, thinker and philosopher to emerge from the pit of anonymity and catapult him/her to the forefront of mass consciousness, commercial success and fame. The invention of the camera, the movie reel and projector, as well as further development in the art of dramatization and acting, facilitated the expansion of the stories’ arc of influence, through actors and script writers as the principal medium. After all, what is an actor if not a story teller? The invention of movies has literally made the story come

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