I just saw in MIT News that they have founded a new Center focused on storytelling: Media Lab creates Center for Future Storytelling. I've written about storytelling as an integral part of human-computer interaction in the past. As you might expect, I see this development as a move in the right direction.
Here's a taste:
Given everything that's happening in the world of computer graphics generally and information visualization in particular (consider these examples from Mashable), I think a quantum leap is very possible. Moreover, I think storytelling can be easily integrated with other simulation-based technology genres such as the serious games movement to synergize even further. Examples of where this might bear fruit include helping children with cancer manage their pain and isolation, as Carolyn Watters of Dalhousie University has been doing using computer gaming. I hope to find a way to contribute to this trend sometime soon.