The marketplace tells us that good, visceral storytelling has a place. But there are lots of questions about the format that stories take.
Maybe storytelling belongs in audio - a short story is the length of a commute. That can be a sacred spot where you have the ear of the reader without having to compete with other media like games or TV.
The loneliest Chinese man I ever met lived halfway up the Three Gorges, in Sichuan Province.
Everyone in China knows The Topics. The television stations and newspapers run the same state-generated stories all across the country, and the Chinese form their opinions based on these somewhat controlled sources.