Week 5 Reflection Com 597 Storytelling

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Com 597

Once again I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s discussion and appreciated Richard Shenkman’s talk on the myths of history and how storytelling is key to persuading and engaging an audience, whether the story is true or not. I found the topic of staged historical media most interesting because while it makes perfect sense that there likely weren’t cameramen at these events (sewing of the flag, Pearl Harbor, etc.) I had never really thought about the reality of it.

I liked how we delved into politics a little bit tonight and the stories that politicians must tell to make them relatable to the public. Every politician is guilty of this, and yet, I can’t help but think about how sad it is that politicians have to dumb themselves down in order to appeal to the masses. You would think we would want someone with higher intelligence than the rest of us. I’m clearly not speaking for the masses.


Farewell my friend, we’ve had a long ride,
you saw me through while stressed out I cried,

I’ve shed those tears in your blue gaze,
while you stuck there with me in the roughest of days,

When I was ambitious and opened too much,
I knew you’d come through- like a ready-made crutch,

Our relationship has had its ups and downs,
you’ve seen me smile and endured my frowns,

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My Facebook Lesson

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Com 597

This post was tough for me, but I loved how it got me thinking about how to tell a story. If I would have had more time I may have set it up a little differently, but I did appreciate the assignment and how it got me thinking ahead about other video assignments in the future.

Week 4 MCDM Storytelling Summary

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tonight I felt myself start thinking in terms of telling a full “story” as opposed to the typical slideshow format I typically utilize for multimedia. The videos we watched today were both hilarious, and heart wrenching, and it made me want to really think hard about what my storytelling goal is for our final project. We specifically want to focus on the “fails” of digital media usage and the need to unplug when it comes to live social scenarios. I really appreciate the double approach perspective, and realized this evening that it’s not so much the info you’re giving, but how you give it.

My First Vlog: Awkward.

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Com 597, Digital Media

“Where the Hell is Matt” is a short video series by Matt Harding that takes a look at locales around the world and features people of all different races, cultures, demographics, etc. coming together in a somewhat organized dance. In relation to the work of Marie-Laure Ryan, author of Narratives and Digital Media there are many factors in Matt’s videos that make them effective narratives.

Ryan states that a narrative is a sign with a signifier or discourse. Now typically when we think of discourse we think of some sort of dialog, conversation, or really any use of actual language – but in her book Ryan states that the signifier can manifest in many different ways, including that of gestures performed by featured characters. In Matt’s videos these gestures are expressed through dance. The cultural differences among his audiences would make typical, language-confining dialog ineffective, therefore his story is illustrated through mimetic or dramatic narration that is universally comprehendible.

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Walled gardens suck and the TV is dead… or at least it’s hanging on in hospice. It amazes me that companies like Sony are still coming out with media products that regulate the type of content that can be accessed. Nobody wants these products anymore! Or, in my opinion, if they do, they just don’t know any better. I am all for an open market in all facets, and this is definitely not limited to my TV usage. I have always been frustrated with the restrictions of classical TV viewing, and I believe that these corporations that are coming out with products that are their own walled gardens will find that the success of these items will be short-lived. Long live open access!

Also looking forward to working on these group projects… should be interesting to see what we come up with!