This week I read chapter 8 from Alexander’s New Digital Storytelling –
Not “what is a story?”, but “what is a story?”. The way this chapter sets up what is to follow is engaging to me. I started this course with only the first quote as my awareness for storytelling. What is a digital story? 15 weeks later, I understand how all different layers interact together and how social media and other content can help take a story further than the realm it was originally presented in.
Alexander goes on to mention the 3 computational stances of:
- Actively embrace networking
- Accept the networked environment
- Secede from networks
With regards to the first one, it is advised that stories have links to content from the outside. This gives the reader or audience member the opportunity to take the story into their own hands and expand their perspective on it. This is something that I learned a bit more about this semester with different hyperlinking and videos. It’s definitely important.
The second point deals with expecting social media connections with soliciting them. I think this was taught in this course through the use of commenting on blogs and engaging in twitter interactions with other class members. I see the importance of it, and having my stories or blog posts shared with others on social media was a nice aspect that I was not expecting or hoping for.
The third point makes note of how important it is to make sure to tell stories in a manner or use a platform that encourages or allows for interactions via social media. I understand why this is essential now because of how incorporated social media is in our daily lives and what we do and how we interact.
This chapter also got into fan-fiction and the consuming of networked stories. I think I may have missed some background to help me understand these topics more thoroughly because I did not always read chapters from this book; I tended to jump around between this and the Lambert book. Ultimately, my take away is that the internet and social media have made consuming stories and internalizing/expanding on them so much easier. Connecting with others via social media has helped stories grow and take on new life.