7 Steps of Digital Storytelling from Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community by Joe Lambert
I didn’t like last chapter that I read of our normal textbook so I decided to go to one of the other optional readings this time.
- What are your main insights and ideas from the given L&K chapter?
- I really liked where it said, “We want stories. We love stories. Stories keep us alive. Stories that come from a place of deep insight and with a knowing wink to their audience, and stories that tease us into examining our own feelings and beliefs, and stories that guide us on our own path. But most importantly, stories told as stories that honor the simple idea that we want to relive what the author experienced in time and place.” It inspires me that people really do want stories in their lives and that they might seek them out. Now, I just have to figure out a good story that will keep my readers involved! I do like that this paragraph mentions stories that guide us on our own path. It seems like a lot of children’s books try to teach a moral or lesson that will help them be good people in their lives.
- What unique terminology, jargon, buzzwords, and other concepts appear in this reading that required your careful attention and definition? What are your interpretations of these words and concepts?
- Actually Digital Storytelling in this one was the most informative. The author said that the sound, the voiceover, is what makes a digital story a digital story. Without the voice it isn’t a digital story. I didn’t know that the voiceover was the distinction on what a digital story was. All of the ones that I’ve seen do have voiceovers but I didn’t know that’s what made them have that distinction. I think some of the digital stories would benefit from having music in the background. They could also work with words scrolling across the screen. The author says that the voice is what makes audiences get to know the author of the digital story because the voice makes you vulnerable. I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I’m a quiet person in my own life and I certainly don’t like to record my voice, even on a voicemail. I wasn’t aware that it was because it makes me vulnerable.
- How does this reading challenge/expand/contradict your definition of (digital) storytelling?
- We probably need to at least mention what the 7 steps are before being able to answer this question. The 7 steps are: Owning your insights, owning your emotions, finding the moment, seeing your story, hearing your story, assembling your story, and sharing your story. These steps remind me of what steps of writing should be, not necessarily of writing a digital story. Writers have to understand who they are, their biases, their emotions and then they also have to understand their audience’s biases and emotions as well.
- Having engaged this chapter, what are you now curious about? What questions are you asking, particularly about (digital) storytelling?