This assignment was much more fun after breaking through the anxiety wall of recording myself in the previous assignment. I made a story with audio only, different sounds to be exact. It’s pretty simple, comment with your idea of what the story tells you below.
I will have to start by saying going into Unit 4 of DS106 was a little nerve-wracking. What’s funny about it is that I work in a call center, I know what my own voice sounds like and am familiar with being recorded. But this, this, in the end, was cool and fun. I created a radio bumper for the DS106 Radio broadcast, (you can tune in here) maybe it will air, maybe it will not. Either way, I feel a lot better about audio after this short assignment!
I Was Just Trying to Help Audio Clipon This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass
I’m listening to this story interviewing Sharon Snyder by Ira Glass, on his piece from This American Life, and the first thing that comes to me is the emotion swelling inside of anger at how she was fired for something so small. The frustration at such a sequence of events is baffling. So Sharon simply provides a form to someone who requested it directly and she is fired under the act that as a clerk she was providing legal counsel.
This clip was interesting in other ways, for one the difference in volume from Ira to Sharon was drastic, it was difficult to hear Ira and almost deafening to listen to Sharon. Aside from that, the story being told was captivating enough to not notice much else going on until the summary background music at the end picked up. At that point, I could not hear Ira hardly at all anymore. I’m not sure if I chose a bad clip or a wrong segment for audio for this unit, but, I did enjoy the story.
I hope to improve upon this on my own audio by really focusing on the sound levels so that others don’t express the same difficulty I had.
A story is an experience, something that draws you in and holds you close. the medium of the story can boost the effectiveness of that story such as Dog Walk video or the pictures that speak volumes.
These stories, blog posts, content moderation, are to demonstrate the imagination, creative digital references and skills and to convey a message. All of this applies to how Vogel Craft Co. is going to be a driving force in the advancement of others with online digital services for personal and professional uses. Social Media Marketing is all about telling a story, whether an AD, an update about something or someone, sharing a menu item or a special promotion. Being able to tell the story is what we are going to do best!
But telling a good story is only half of the whole, being able to interpret those stories that they are easily understood by others is equally important. Knowing the parts and pieces of the story as a whole, that it can be relatable and personable for the viewer and that it flows well is part of the story. My Favorite Stories Old and New has a small detail into those elements. I chose “The Painter’s Cat” for a printed story I fell in love with many years ago and the short animated video “Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou” as something I fell in love with recently. Both tell a story of an unhappy situation, the characters go out into the world and find themselves to return home much happier and with good company.
Sharing the story with someone is wonderful but sometimes its nice to be the audience and enjoy the story too. I looked at several articles written by other fellow DS106’ers and commented on a couple. I forgot the # on one but the other I made sure to include the #talkingopen106 tag. The two that I did leave comments on were short in length, in fact one was just a tweet. But they said a whole lot in those few words. Showing appreciation for other’s contributions and making an introduction while having fun. I personally like some content even without all the bells and whistles for reading but these guys made good ideas stand out with their short stories.
Speaking of short stories, DS106 has this Daily Create challenge that has been a lot of fun, in fact today’s Daily Create was about bugs! (eww btw) and it just so happen that Mr. Vogel was rather proud of a photo he took of a Cicada Bug with his “fancy new phone” that I knew it would fit perfectly with today’s challenge. Here’s a link 😉 enjoy, you can really see all the details.
I also shared a short story of two photos and how they are connected aptly titled Everything is Connected, a short story. I actually did not enjoy this assignment as much as I probably could, but I liked thinking outside the box to come up with something.
In the end, I am still really enjoying DS106 learning more about digital storytelling. I’m learning a bunch of new skills and uses of different things. I cannot wait to begin Unit 4.
One day a man met a woman wearing a beautiful hat. They struck up the most engaging conversation about shoes. They planned to meet again and have more discussions. Soon these meetings turned into dates and these dates led to their eventual marriage. As was custom back then, they were married in a church and now they’ve got the white picket fence.
Soon afterwards, a child was born. They named them a wonderful name, something heroic and stoic. As their child grew, the personality became more and more unusual. They began wearing clothes of disproportionate sizes, and had a fascination for shoes, just as their parents first conversations began. Until one day… this.
Take a look at that happy puppers, how much enjoyment he gets from going on a simple walk. I loved this video, after combing through a pile of defunk links, because it really tells a story. It starts with excitement of the beginning of the walk, there’s a brief pause for a breath at the stop sign, then we continue on the journey. A warning sign briefly catches our attention, but as a viewer we can see the warning as a weak attempt to see the dog in any other light than happy and good. the video ends as the walk is completed and a happy puppers gets to destroy junk mail, my favorite part. It would be lovely to see more videos like his one but this story is whole on its own. Enjoy!
A story may have a beginning and an end, its whats in the middle I love the most. I recently “found” an old book from my childhood that I loved so much and during this assignment I wanted to showcase it. “The Painter’s Cat” by Sharon Wooding is a simple and deeply detailed story that captivated me as a child and still captivates me as an adult. It’s really short that the world you enter is so brief but the imagery last so long.
Of course its a classic timeline story, the cat is happy, a disturbance arrives, the cat leaves feeling betrayed, wanders around alone, cold and wet from the rain for some days. Then a known friend walks by, the cat follows them back home and realized that he was loved more than anything all along. Simple. But the words and the details keep you going for the short story.
Another story that is one so endearing is a video I’ve found, there’s no words spoken at all but it speaks volumes! If you get the chance, watch this video and enjoy. This digital story is the good and the bad, the ups and the down and the Journey is the best part.
An experience that you see physically in your mind’s eye without getting up from the floor you’re sitting in is a good story. You’re imagination goes wild, images fly past you and you’re just sitting there. Something exciting happens and your heart starts to beat a little bit faster, you lean in closer to the person speaking just to hang on to every word. Eventually you realize you’re about to drool because your mouth is hanging open, so you stop for just a moment to recompose. That’s a good story and a good storyteller.
Now an online storyteller is someone who can capture the emotion of the words without sounds that can still captivate you and keep you going for one more sentence, one more page before you’re too tired to keep your eyes open. You hear the story as you read it off the page, the screen, you hold in your hands. Descriptive words still describe entire scenes of colors and sounds and tastes and smells, you can still feel the hairs on your arms tingle with excitement. But, digital storytelling is where you seek out a story, a novel, a excerpt, just to find that one missing piece you longed for.
You found out your favorite book is coming out with a sequel and in our digital world you must have the preliminary showcase pieces to get one more taste.
A good story will keep you interested and searching for more even after you’ve read the last few printed words, and the authors biography on the back pages. That is a good story.