Monday, September 1, 2014

Story: Robert Mckee

From Story by Robert McKee

"Story isn't a flight from reality, but a vehicle that carries us on our search for reality. our best effort to make sense of the anarchy of existence.
Yet, while the ever-expanding reach of the media now gives us
the opportunity to send stories beyond borders and languages to hundreds of millions, the overall quality of storytelling is eroding. On occasion we read or see works of excellence, but for the most part we are weary  of searching newspaper ads, video shops, and TV listings for something of quality, of putting down novels half-read, of slipping out of plays at the intermission, of walking out of films soothing our disappointment with "But it was beautifully photographed " The art of story is in decay, and as Aristotle observed twenty-three hundred years ago, when storytelling goes bad, the result is decadence"(McKee 13).
I added the bold. The definition for decadence is listed below.
From dictionary.com
dec·a·dence
ˈdekədəns/
noun
  1. moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury