Storytelling makes data digestible. It gives data meaning. In 2014, more and more of the stories we see will be data driven or, at a minimum, data informed.
Mind you, at this point, I’m not talking about literature, television, movies, the oral tradition or even marketing pitches (the latter will come soon). I'm talking about stories that combine data and storytelling to do one of two things: to enrich a story that’s being told or to build narratives around data. In either case, data — big, medium or small — now plays a new, important role in engaging readers/receivers in stories and in making communication and decision-making easier.
Data-driven stories, it should be noted, are highly visual and intend to engage the reader/receiver in ways that Excel spreadsheets cannot.