Digital storytelling: A unique account of Namibian culture: Paper presented at a conference, Kingston, Jamaica.
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Storytelling has always been an oral tradition in Namibia. The Oshiwambo, Otji-Herero, Nama/Damara and San cultures have used storytelling as a means to preserve their culture and to ensure continuity. This Paper discusses the implications of the digital preservation of culture, which has been, until recently, captured orally. The implications of such a tradition are evident and, therefore, need to be researched. It will further examine the nuances and ethos that become altered in the process of digitalization, which are important issues to consider in our technocratic society. Thus, as mass communication educators, we seek to provide some of the answers to the convergence of technology and storytelling. For instance, what is necessary for the culture to continue? What could be lost? What could be gained? These questions would help to facilitate discussions with Namibians in order to understand the impact of technology on storytelling.