Monday, April 11, 2011

Week 13: New Media Narratives in Review


    Discussion Questions: 

    Q1. Having spent weeks reading about new 
    media and participating in the new media 
    environment, how has the telling of your own 
    narratives changed? Do you find that you use 
    Facebook or Twitter more often? Are you 
    blogging? Or, have you strengthened your love 
    of print?
    Q2. Chris Anderson is worried that the 
    perceived shift from web publishing to apps is 
    synonymous with a move from connection & 
    active creation to passive consumption. Apps 
    don’t interoperate, they are “hostile to links and 
    search” says Jeff Jarvis. What does this move 
    from online to (almost) offline mean to writers 
    and publishing?
    Q3. Based on our exploration of publishing, 
    new media and transliteracy, how precise do 
    you think Jeff Jarvis is when he says: “Ignore 
    print. Enable community”? (Read Jeff Jarvis’s 
    article on the demise of magazines: http://


    1. Reading and participating in the new environment has definitely had an influence on how I tell stories. I’ve had some experience with things like blogging, facebook (or facebooking), instant messaging, etc, in the past. This course just made me more aware of the narratives others present in different mediums. For example, on the LRT the other day, I saw an advertisement for workplace safety. Instead of just reminding us to be cautious, it had a comic book style story showing a worker getting hurt because they had their headphones on. Instead of glazing over the ad like I usually do, here I was reading the whole comic strip (with great graphics) and getting drawn into the message. Unfortunately I work in an office, so the most dangerous thing that can happen is burning yourself with hot coffee.

    2. Apps are the new solution to the fast food world. Apps, ready to consume, are helping us to live our lives in an organised fashion with newly created task to accomplish in a digital world. In one way Chris Anderson is right. When we look at the social media and possibilities of social networking, some apps may be enhancements for the bridging and bonding aspects. But most of the apps take away your creativity with readymade solutions. But not everything on the web is supposed to be Rip and Remix or in line with productivity alone. Solutions and tools appear in the form of Apps and they are ‘creative’ productions of the new world. Most of the Apps are the creative genius of the digital natives. I need to admit though to an extent the creative interactivity is absent in many of these Apps. As our phones are turned into web browsers and mini computers; the productivity might take a different version. But the improved technology and increasing interest in Tablets might increase the marketing possibilities for creativity tools for writers and publishers.

    3. The way that I tell stories has changed after this 13 week course. I was nervous the first few weeks about learning the new terminology and new technology. The first assignment was difficult for me and I thought I was not going to be able to complete it. Telling the story was easy, but using the technology to tell it was difficult.

      I have not increased my time on Facebook but I have increased my time on Twitter and Blogger. I am using Twitter to communicate personally and professionally. I also scroll through Twitter to look at everyone's tweats and anaylze if they are using it effectively or not.

      I am using the blog for the New Media course. The NMN assignments pushed me to learn about how to write narratives using blogger. I learned how to hyper link, embed pictures and videos to supplement the narratives. I am currently using blogger for this course, and as this course is completed now, I will be creating my own blog on one of my many areas of interest.

    4. I have increased my use of social media a fair amount in the class. I have can now blog, hyperlink, upload videos, pictures. I am using my Twitter account and am finding that is is a really useful tool to get relevant information of interest to me. So I can follow and access individuals and groups that are reflective of my interests and needs. I am still uncomfortable with " putting myself out there" with Tweets and blogs in the 'participatory' culture as I can't quite figure out why people are interested in what I have to say - but obviously this is where the world is going and I need to work on that personal fear. So unlike Denise I don't really find the story easy to tell - I would much rather write an academic paper! I am quite involved in the Alberta Party and they use social media extensively for communication of information. I listened to Jeff Blodgett who worked on the Obama campaign - on how social media was used very effectively to mobilize a large number of people, but it was built on individual networks and established relationships as hubs.Interestingly enough due to my work in this course and MACT I'm on the committee to work on governance and policy around the use of social media in my organization. It's interesting that there is still a much larger focus on how to control employees access and statements than there is in using it for organizational benefit and improving organizational communication.

    5. This course has certainly broadened my understanding of the various uses of technology in storytelling. Although I wouldn't say my approach to writing fiction has changed, I am definitely becoming a fan of blogging and Flickr. When I have a little more time, I can see myself creating a blog and uploading some photos. Ultimately, I would like to learn more about Flash animation, as I found some of the examples of digital literature we looked at quite engaging. I still like telling stories with words, but I see possibilities in using the technology to create hybrid narratives.

      I'm still not sold on Twitter, but if I find the right type of sharp blade to cut through the trivial and irrelevant, I may be persuaded. I think one important idea I will take from this course is the importance of being selective: there is so much content out there that one needs to find the appropriate filters to sort through all of it.

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