Critical Review: Story Edition

The biggest takeaway from we have learned is that story has the miraculous ability to evolved and to stay the same all at once.  The cave paintings of yesteryear are today’s timelines on Facebook or news stories.  They are both forms of chronicling stories that maintain a visual aspect to them.  What has also changed as is the control one has over their own story. Story has the ability to separate and be bigger than itself. Story grows and grows and grows.

The enjoyable part of this lesson is how each person attacked story in the form on their projects.  Preference in particular demonstrated the digital evolution by revamping the storybook into a digital aspect.  With my own project I leaned on what I know well and adapted to a sort of radio broadcast forum.  I could have done more but I think I was afraid of getting carried away in a week that had so much going on with my uncle passing, friends being in town to celebrate my birthday, and having a test in another class as well.  I appreciated the suggestions of music that I got in class and in retrospect I wish I could have found something to accompany it even it was just the sound of what the old school radios used to sound like in the background.

Among all this change in story I still remain a purist. Give me a good novel and that is all the story I need.  I worry about all the things we are adding to our stories in hopes to entertain the new generation.  Do we run the risk of them losing the imagination if we are the one filling in the blanks for them? When I read the Harry Potter books and then saw the movies the thing that struck me is that it didn’t feel like the first time I’d heard the soundtrack.  Somehow J.K. Rowling managed to convey that just with the words she had used before I had even hopes of a movie being made.  While all the new tools and innovations we have are certainly entertaining they shouldn’t be crutches we let our students handicap themselves with.


2 thoughts on “Critical Review: Story Edition

  1. I hear what you’re saying about purity in storytelling, John, and I appreciate the Sherwood Anderson reference. Storytelling elegant in its simplicity will always be admired and appreciated. But when you leave the page behind and move to the sound waves, you need to use whatever tools you have to tell your story in that medium. So consider the challenge of digital storytelling as simple as writing for a purpose and for a specific audience — in this case, the purpose of moving an audience that can only hear the sound of your voice and the other sound features that you use to create ambiance.

    • I know what you mean about my personal project and I agree. I just couldn’t find the correct music to accompany it and I should have done more I just hate to think that in catering to a new generation and their declining attention spans we fail to teach the simple pleasures of sitting down and reading a book. This is not a rebellion against the project or the class just more of a worry about the next generation as a whole. I worry about it when I hear my nieces, nephews, and young cousins talk about the things they enjoy and don’t enjoy.
      Also on the Balance photography, I wanted a refresher read about it but the St Clair article is no longer up.

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