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Week 8: Travel Blog

How does being digital enable new aspects of storytelling?

  • Bryan Alexander, The New Digital Storytelling

For your second post to our travel blog, please respond to the question above. Consider our explorations over the last 3 weeks of history, interactivity and social aspects of digital storytelling. How does being digital enable new aspects of storytelling?

Note that this question is not asking WHAT new aspects of storytelling emerge, but rather HOW they are enabled. What’s driving this newness? What mechanisms or dynamics are making it possible? The question assumes that being digital enables new aspects of storytelling — do you want to challenge that premise?

There’s not one right answer to this question. Choose a direction, make a claim, and explore it for and with readers of this blog as your audience.

Here is the twist: You may not answer this question without incorporating some digital storytelling of your own! This is meant to encourage you to experiment with tools for digital storytelling (i.e. no pressure to create something extremely polished). You may choose to deliver the entirety of your response using a digital storytelling tool, or you may choose to integrate some smaller digital stories within a text-based response.

In an effort to reduce the mental juggling you’ll have to do in this process, I’ve chosen a tool for us. We’ll be using Adobe Spark. Login or create an account and check out their “Video” and “Web Page” options. If the Spark options don’t suit your composition, use our #send-help channel for more tool ideas (I have lots!).

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