One of the limitations to digital storytelling involves technology. Even in the best of times, technical glitches with computers, recording devices, image projectors and other technological equipment will happen.
Likewise, the internet may present a few challenges for digital storytellers, particularly in rural and remote communities where internet access is intermittently available, if at all. Limited and interrupted internet access can present problems for storytellers who want to review and download programs and other project related materials from the internet.
Digital storytelling does require the use of technology to produce digital stories. As such, video storytellers will require a basic understanding of how computers work and general knowledge about performing basic computer operations, such as opening, saving and transferring electronic data files.
“There’s always going to be issues with technology. So, it’s never going to be perfect … It’s the process of doing the project that’s important and, of course, doing the digital story, because it’s everyone’s creation. But we’re not going to reach perfection because of technology.”
Despite the technological limitations associated with digital storytelling, there are several advantages to using modern technology for telling stories.
One major advantage is the potential to reach broad audiences, many of whom may be hindered by written materials, in relatively short periods of time. Through the use of multi-media sources such as radio, television and the world-wide web, the visual and audio stories that are created through digital storytelling can be shared far and wide, instantly and simultaneously.
Modern technology increasingly is being used to capture the attention of younger generations who tend to rely on social media as part of their daily routine. When used in a positive manner with good intentions, digital storytelling can have a powerful impact in terms of messaging.
Digital storytelling is extremely versatile. It can be done in either video or audio format; it can be done anywhere where there is access to digital technology, including at home, at work or at school, and even on a hand-held device; and it can be used to reach people of all ages, social groups, and languages.
Perhaps the most important aspect of digital storytelling, at least for residential school survivors and their children, is the healing that happens while going through the digital storytelling process. With the proper emotional and cultural supports in place, digital storytelling can contribute to personal healing and intergenerational reconciliation.