Week 5 Story Critique

This week I finally got to use a story that I have been waiting to watch.  I found this a couple weeks ago but felt the title did not fit in with the theme, so I waited.

The story I chose was entitled: “The Meaning of My Life

This turned out to be a very sad story presented by an older male.  He finds out that he and his wife are both diagnosed with cancer and his is reflecting on his life.  However, I believe that the idea of reflection and the “meaning of MY life” is a good tie into the personal connections being made in the classroom.

  1. What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

The involvement in this video is fairly simple, and at first I was not impressed.  However, about 45 seconds in I didn’t focus on the pictures but the story being told.  The pictures did reflect the space aspects being discussed, but they were placed and changed in an amount of time that allowed you to reflect on what was being said, rather than waiting for the next picture to flash.  I felt this was well done.

2. How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

I believe the narrative development, was well done.  The narrators voice was difficult to listen to during parts, but once you hear why he is presenting this it all makes sense.  At first I wished he had someone else speak for him, but as the story unfolded I was glad he was speaking to me as the listener.  Video editing was simple and well done.  Audio recording was clear and concise.  His voice was shaky in parts, but it went well with the story.  The background music was simple and yet really contributed to the deep thoughts that this story provoked.  I thought it was well done.

3. What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

Unfortunately for this video there wasn’t much.  Below there were embed codes and links to the video, but no other online resources.  I do believe, in a way this contributed to the mystical sense of the video.

4. Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

Based on these literacy dimensions I wouldn’t make too many changes.  I would have loved to see a picture or a blog post about the family.  If the speaker had passed away I would have liked to see the legacy left behind.  Otherwise I thought it was well done.



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