Digital Stories and Your Mom

OK so Here we go-
These next few posts are basically a run down of just some of the sites I found about Digital Stories…
http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/
This is from the University of Houston, and the heading is “The educational uses of Digital StoryTelling”
This site is more for the teacher/professor and how to incorporate D.S. into the world of education.
Copied straight from their site, here’s what they have to say:

Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling. Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.

I really think this is a great definition of D.S.’s though fairly vague, but D.S.’s can be about almost anything (I guess).
I do have a slight issue with a quote from their site:

British photographer, educator and digital storyteller, Daniel Meadows defines digital stories as “short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart.” He maintains that the beauty of this form of digital expression is that these stories can be created by people everywhere, on any subject, and shared electronically all over the world. Meadows goes on to describe digital stories as “multimedia sonnets from the people” in which “photographs discover the talkies, and the stories told assemble in the ether as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a gaggle of invisible histories which, when viewed together, tell the bigger story of our time, the story that defines who we are.”
Ok so I don’t know who Meadows is, and yes I will google him, but the way he describes D.S. is so, sappy, leaves a
bad taste in my mouth. Can people from all over the world really participate, well the answer is of course no, not
everyone has access. The plain reality, most people on the globe do not have the resources, skills, and alike to
participate in “telling the bigger story of our time, the story that defines who we are”-Well to a certain degree, he is
correct, many people will not be able to speak, and so that is part of the story of “who we are”…which provokes the
question in my mind, who is “we” exactly?
The way they phrase their statements about the work that they do, does lend itself to some deeper questions of “help” to “other” communities that do not have the resources to produce their stories independently.

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