How is this different from live telling? The fourth wall was most definitely in place. Storytellers gear their stories to suit the audience, and in the cases of the stories that I saw, the audience was the camera. At a live show, I feel as if the teller is speaking directly to me. JustStories felt like high quality TV. That is not a criticism, just an observation. I happen to like television. Also, at a live show, I would have been part of an audience whose members would have fed off of one another's enthusiasm. I missed hearing the laughter, the sighs, and, most of all, the applause.
This is a medium that will be of great value to the storytelling commuinity, and will be a godsend to those story lovers whose traveling is limited due to health, finances, or time constraints. Storytelling at your fingertips is a good thing, but I hope it will be a companion to live telling, not a successor. Both forms have significant value.
Kudos to Susan O'Halloran and Racebridges for bringing us such a high quality first virtual storytelling festival!