The official storyteller of Detroit
September 8, 2017 8:11 AM   Subscribe

Detroit mayor Mike Duggan has appointed Aaron Foley to the position of Chief Storyteller. Foley is a journalist, former editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine, and author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass.

Foley's work will include production of TheNeighborhoods TV channel and, a new site with an interactive map profiling each of the city's 200+ neighborhoods, stories of individual Detroiters, podcasts, videos, and resources for citizens. According to the city's press release about the project, The Neighborhoods will have a staff of six and a project cost of approximately $250,000 covered by revenues from the city's cable TV franchises.

Highlights so far: This episode of "Spokes People" about the Matrix Center's midnight boxing program for kids, a story about the RollerCade skating rink which opened in the Boynton neighborhood in 1955, and a project to help police catch illegal dumpers .
posted by xylothek (2 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This is definitely the advent of the Singers from 'Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones', right?
posted by DSime at 9:05 AM on September 8, 2017

Yeah, I would love to hear what Samuel Delany thinks about this. Government-sponsored storytellers have existed for as long as governments have existed, and I'll take Detroit's explicitly-appointed version over outsourced propaganda like the Ad Council and Army-sponsored video game development... But I would like it even better if Flint's citizens got to elect a Chief Storyteller who got a staff of five and a budget of $250,000 a year to tell the effing truth about the water.
posted by xylothek at 10:07 AM on September 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

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