My first Kickstarter project—“Wild History”—is now in progress.
For friends and readers of this blog, this interactive multimedia journalism project is the culmination of a complex 20-plus year personal effort. It has been totally self-funded and came after a long career as a professional journalist. The work was triggered by my deep frustration in the decline of most mass market journalistic storytelling.
It is no secret that during recent years the integrity of most news and information programming has fallen dramatically. No longer can we trust mass media—whether television, print or web sites—to bring us truthful, fair or unbiased reporting. Those with money and special interests now control most media outlets.
So I created the “Wild History” project. The term “wild history” comes from Chinese scholars who divided historical works into two distinct genres. Official histories were called “zhengshi.”
Unofficial histories, or literally “wild histories” were called “yeshi.” They were based on eyewitness accounts, personal remembrances and popular lore. These “wild histories” were more truthful and fluid—catching “life on the wing.”
As a storyteller, I categorize myself as a “wild historian.” Through the years, as I researched and developed my true stories, I have collected film and video, photographs and audio elements during the research.
I had looked to a future when I could combine these audio-visual elements into my written text—creating interactive multimedia. Well, finally, that future has arrived. Now, multimedia books—soon to become a new genre entirely—can be done produced for Apple’s iPad.
This Kickstarter project—“Wild History”—is to raise money to bring the first three of those stories into the interactive age. Most of the story elements have been secured and completed. What remains is putting it all together.
If my work interests you, please visit my Kickstarter page. If the project intrigues you, a contribution of any size would be appreciated.
Thanks for your consideration as I begin this exciting experiment.