So Many Ways To Tell A Digital Story…What’s A Man To Do?

When I started this course my intention was, and still is, to learn to communicate using the many tools available to tell a story online. Since I have a background in editing video I tend to always use that style of story telling.

Several of the examples in the readings give interesting examples of different ways to tell a story.  The stories in the “Densho Archives” illustrating the conditions of the Japanese internment camps during World War 2 are effective as straight narration, but when either stills or supporting video is included, the impact is stunning. In the past I have read a little about the internment camps and mostly how the American propaganda machine tried to put a favorable spin on the camps and described them more like…well, like going to camp. These documents and the presentation disproves that fact.

The videos in “Exploring Youth Activism” serve as a voice for the those who have no access to media. These stories are so much like the stories told today by students and other small groups; but today the internet allows you to get your message heard around the world instantly.

Watching the videos brought several unheralded activists in several movements of that decade. Many of the overall stories are generally known, but this presentation allows for acknowledgement of the  efforts of the unsung.

For me the story “Another Side of the Sixties” sheds some light on a question I’ve had for years.  While the majority of media focus at the time was on the liberal youth groups, why did the majority of elected officials seem to be comprised by a majority of conservatives. The Young Americans For Freedom is a group not often remembered in historical reference to the 60s. While their numbers dwarfed the headline grabbing Students For A Democratic Society, they didn’t leave as big a historical footprint. Perhaps during the 60s while invisible to the media, their presence was best felt in the ballot box. It might be an assumption, but I would guess that the Liberal activists were not only a smaller organization, but were also not as dedicated to casting their votes.

All the above presentations are primarily photos and videos that the viewer watches in linear fashion. Within These Walls offers a non linear approach to story telling.

When visiting the site “Within These Walls” I was a bit confused at first. Since I’m so accustomed to seeing videos and animated graphics pop out, I was anticipating those type of results when clicking on icons. The click as you go to move the story in the direction you choose is something I would like to try-and include video of course!It is the exact type of project that is a departure from my comfort zone. However, that will require learning how to use the application.

Oh my, there are so many ways to tell a digital story…what’s a man to do?


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