About Audio Storytelling

For this assignment, I watched multiple videos on audio storytelling, which is a new concept to me.

I watched Ira Glass‘ videos on his explanation of audio storytelling. At first, he describes the main focus of audio stories. First, they should be raising interesting questions that are hopefully answered later in the story. And, there needs to be a specific reflection on this answer. This is what the listeners connect with throughout each story that is audio. Then, in a later video, he talks about taste. At first, beginner’s stories aren’t that good, but the actual taste of the stories show potential for the future. Glass then played one of his old reports to show that it took some time for him to create awesome, tasteful stories.

I then watched Jad Abumrad’s interview, “How Radio Creates Empathy”. I really enjoyed listening to his interview. He talks about how radio lacks something to view, and this is a concept that makes radio so great. We all come together by filling in the empty void of no pictures or images in radio, unlike television, and this generates empathy. Abumrad says that “radio is supposed to be dead” but since we like this empathy-driven technology, radio is still alive. I also watched his next video where he describes his radio show. He also plays different sounds and voices to aid his story. I was expecting a plain old story from him, but the sounds he added made his story so interesting and different, and made me realize how great audio is.

Both videos made me a little less scared to try audio this week. I realized that it will take some trial and error for me to get it right, but I just have to try first. I also see how awesome audio and radio can be, and that makes me more excited to go deeper into this subject.



Daily Create 9/15/15

For this daily create, we had to directly link a picture to an emotion. This is very interesting because different images have different imageries and connotations to everyone.

#tdc1346 Take an emophoto.

I just love all desserts, and this photo represents my loved admiration towards this food!



Weekly Summary 3

“First, What is Storytelling?” What did you learn this unit about your notion of storytelling? Where might it apply to your interests or studies?  Storytelling is a form of telling stories, made up, real, to anyone at any age. I learned that storytelling is something that still occurs, and now, can be digital. This includes videos and blog posts all over the internet that we are able to view and listen to. I love to watch videos of makeup tutorials, and I use YouTube as my personal story-“listening” home. I also like to watch documentaries about Earth and life that are educational yet told in a storytelling way.
Blog post of analyzing a movie or a book based on Kurt Vonnegut’s Shape of Stories; this should include an graphic representing your own drawing of the arc. Did this make sense to you as a way to analyze stories? Include as well a summary of the digital storytelling example you chose.  Shape of Stories post.  I really enjoyed this assignment! I think the structure of stories is so important, and usually have some sort of similarity to other stories told in the past. Usually, you can recognize these arc structures that Vonnegut describes immediately in movies and shows. I used the reference Gone Girl, because I saw the immediate arc in the story as the main character, Nick, goes from bad to worse. The movie presents Nick’s downfalls in the very beginning, as his wife is missing, and he is soon deemed guilty of her disappearance. He then is caught cheating, and the police investigate their marriage that was obviously corrupt, neither putting Nick in a good light. Come to find out, Amy does fake her own murder, until it all unravels. The arc continues downward as she comes back home to Nick, and claims she is pregnant. She really is Gone Girl, if you know what I mean.
Blog post where you reviewed one student project from one from the collection of previous student’s self identified best work. Did these stories give you any insight into what a digital story is? I chose a story called “3,000 Miles in 30 Seconds(ish).” Here is my review: Appreciating Past Stories.  Emily’s story involves her taking a video that was roughly 30 seconds, as she travels 3,000 miles across the U.S. to start a new life in California. Her journey is really eye-opening, and her video proves that anyone could do it. This is what really struck me as a digital story– because she was sharing her own story to us. It was brave and inspiring to me as I watched and read along, and was curious to see more of her stories.
Blog post with your example of Telling a Story in Photos and your reflection on that activity. (2 separate blog posts) My Reflection of Telling a Story  and the example.

A summary of your Comment Group activity. This week, I enjoyed looking at other blogs. The posts were all different which is what makes it cool to comment!! I learned a couple of things as I commented around this week: I learned that Ryan Higa broadcasts his life and personality through the art form of digital storytelling in his videos. I also read about a past story, that still used “Once Upon a Time” which was interesting to see, because I remember that opening line when I was younger. I read about a movie review that presented Vonnegut’s arc. It was Wreck it Ralph, and it was interesting to see this story being told. I saw photos of a cool 21st birthday for the “Five Card Story” assignment, which proves how much impact stories hold, since they can be memories for the future. Lastly, I read a reflection on another past digital story that was about broke college students, which is really relatable to me as a student. Digital Stories share information that is so relatable, which is another reason why people love to read, watch, and listen.

Embed or link to all four of the daily creates you did this week and describe what you find good, bad or exciting about the daily create. Daily Create 9/7, Daily Create 9/8, Daily Create 9/9, Daily Create 9/13.  I was excited when I found out one of my Daily Creates was made!! I liked this. They are usually pretty easy to do. I like seeing what I can come up with. Sometimes, I forget about them, but I always do them, which can be bad sometimes when I panic!!  

Talk about this week in general: How is your experience of ds106 going? Are you feeling more comfortable with your blog? What do you need help with? My experience this week was very relaxed, and overall pretty good. I managed my time and always had time to do everything, and even enjoyed some of the assignment reflections. Once I realize when I can do my assignments, it makes everything a breeze. I am more comfortable navigating my blog, and I also created categories this week and updated some customary edits on my own blog. I do not need help with anything 🙂 



Shape of Stories: Gone Girl

After watching Vonnegut’s video on stories, I thought about movies that I have seen recently. I watched the movie Gone Girl, which is an awesome movie that I highly recommend. But spoilers below if you haven’t seen it.

The movie starts off with Nick (Ben Affleck), worried because his wife, Amy, is missing..on the day of their anniversary. He goes to the police, fortunately, and they start investigating this interesting case. Weirdly enough, Nick becomes a prime suspect in their case. The movie presents Amy’s side in between clips of the investigation and their life before this happened.  We seem to hate Nick at first, but as the movie proceeds, we learn that Amy has faked her own disappearance and murder…and pregnancy. Although her plan is extensive enough to make any watcher cringe, it ends up failing and Amy claims she was taken by an ex-boyfriend. The movie ends with Nick back with “crazy Amy”, and scarily enough, he can’t leave her.

In order to present the bad to worse approach, I drew out the structure of this movie to display the downfall of this movie:


Nick comes home the morning of his and his wife’s anniversary, and there is a weird incident in the living room where the table is broken and blood in the kitchen. Amy is no where to be found. Nick calls the police immediately, and they start investigating. Gone Girl.

Every anniversary, Amy would set up a gift scavenger hunt for Nick. This time, Amy made the hunt, hoping the police find the clues that would make Nick seem suspicious. Soon after, Nick becomes the main suspect in Amy’s disappearance. CRAZY right??

Another downfall of Nick; he ends up being caught fooling around with a younger woman. This makes his character seem even more guilty with the “CHEATER” arrow pointing right at him.

The police then discover Amy’s journal, which is also faked. Surprising, right? They also find out that Nick basically lived off of his wife’s large trust fund, which doesn’t help the matters.

The movie concludes once Amy returns home. Oh, and she says she is pregnant. How is Nick supposed to believe anything she says?


Here is a form of a digital story I found. It is a video review of the movie Gone Girl. Jeremy Jahns discusses recent movies in his blogs and they usually present some humor. His reviews and many other blogger’s videos involve their input on usually something specific: movies, makeup, restaurants, this week’s trends, etc. I think these blog posts that people across the country create everyday are forms of the digital storytelling art we have been talking about. These videos are shared for everyone to watch, and us viewers are so captivated and interested in their stories and we keep coming back for more.



Daily Create 9/9/15

This daily create was to add to a poetry writing by Fransesco Lovato. I found this daily create to be interesting since he wanted our input all over twitter! This is the magic of digital sharing over twitter and other applications.

#tdc1340: The current poem is #pxc001 and the first line is based on my ethnographic notebook from a recent stay in Bolivia. To participate in this poem, tweet your line to me at @_levato using the hashtags #pxc001 #poetry” Francesco Levato.


Daily Create 9/8/15

For this daily create on September 8, we had to cheer up my fellow student, Kelsey since she was having computer troubles. This is the worst, so I understood. It was funny actually because I’m not sure how I would feel being the center of the daily create for the day.

#tdc1339: Her computer crashed and ate her work! Cheer @kelseystanbro up!




Daily Create 9/7/15

On September 7, the Daily Create was actually one that I created! So this was exciting. I made this daily create because I love dolphins. And the picture that was used was adorable, I have to say.

#tdc1338: Dolphin Meets Crab: Write a caption for what is in the mind of a dolphin as it travels to visit this rare, red crab.


Appreciating Past DS106 Stories

In order to fully understand what digital storytelling means, we are supposed to find a past storyteller and read his/her work. I came across an awesome story by Emily May. Her blog title for this specific story was called “3,000 Miles in 30 Seconds(ish)”.

Her short yet sweet blog post entails of her journey as she packs up and leaves her life in New Jersey, and heads to the west coast of California. Emily decided to capture the moments of her 3,000 mile long travel, and she uses them to create a motion video. I liked her blog post personally for her bravery. She moved across the country in hopes of altering the direction her life was headed before. Her 30 second video will not only be a movie to look back on, but it will be an inspiring piece that marks a major turning point in her life. Emily shared a piece of her life to the world, digitally, in a matter of 30 seconds, which makes this a true digital story. The “arc” in her story is the mark when she decided to leave her home in New Jersey in search of something fresh and new. I would hope to think that Emily is doing great things in Santa Monica, California, and she keeps adding to her digital storytelling. The story she told was only a miniscule part of her entire life story, which I bet is also brave and inspiring.