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The Silent History App Explores Geolocation Storytelling

Eli Horowitzformer managing editor and publisher of McSweeney’s, and Russell Quinn, co-founder of the digital studio Spoiled Milk, have set out to explore how we consume literature with a new serialized story app.

The Silent History, promises to be “a comprehensive account of the condition and its consequences, encompassing the years 2011 through 2043.

Buzzfeed explains how it works: “readers download an app and then receive daily doses of fictive oral history (‘Testimonials’) that they can read wherever. This is where the main plot unfolds. But the real innovation comes in the related, secondary piece: the geo-tagged ‘Field Reports’ that can only be downloaded when the reader is standing in a specific place, as shown by the mapping interface on the app. Currently, there are between 300 and 400 Field Reports written for locations around the world, but that will grow as readers add their own stories.”

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