Who would be featured on your list?
by Andy Scheer
Want to grab 15 minutes of buzz? Compile a list of the world’s greatest anythings. If the category hits home with enough people, expect a reaction.
Consider the list of the “world’s greatest storytellers” recently compiled by Raconteur.net and presented in the form of an infographic at http://raconteur.net/infographics/the-worlds-greatest-storyteller.
The British group interviewed 500 people in these categories: authors, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and students, as well as people working in finance, health care, marketing, and media. (The infographic includes a bar chart showing the types of storytellers each group favored, whether:
author, musician, poet, politician, painter, presenter, actor/film director, playwright, business person, or screenwriter.)
The study’s top six is skewed decidedly toward recent British storytellers, with two nods to greats of English literature: William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
The other top four “world’s greatest storytellers” (in chronological order):
Yes, Jesus made the list, but with fewer votes than Cormac McCarthy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and David Attenborough.
Disagree? Take your own survey, post your findings, and stand back.