First off, I am so glad Alan is renaming the Pirate Box a Story Box because although I love the antidisestablishmentarianism ethos of the “Pirate” and the spirit of the box is autonomy, I have no interest in “pirating” content.
As for the Pirate Box project, I don’t think anything has inspired so much excitement in my mind in the middle of the night as I lay awake thinking about things. I know that sounds hyperbolized but there is something so beautiful about this idea.
It is creation for the purpose of sharing.
It is autonomous in that it does not rely on any corporation with terms of service.
It has so much POTENTIAL.
If I had unlimited resources and talent. THIS is what I would do- I would write an application/web page/tool that would ask guiding questions, leading the story-box visitor through the great questions that Alan asks.
I would also like to provide some other prompts: visual & audio art: sound bites, original music, poetry (text & spoken), photographs, drawings…you know ART!
So, for someone just stumbling upon the story box, who might not have original artwork on hand could interact with the media and then respond in some way.
It makes me think of the HTML 5 Arcade Fire video Chrome Experiment Wilderness Downtown, I guess, where you are listening to music, getting visuals (video, animation, etc) and then you have an opportunity to write a letter to yourself.
So, yeah, my late night fantasy has the storybox loaded with prompts, designed to lead people to think about the artifacts and hopefully the prompts work so that they can’t help but respond and add to the storybox.
The experiment about it leaking into the “wild”- as in the internet or our collective consciousness- is a whole other level of amazing that I am still trying wrap my head around. But I like it. I like it a lot.