As we wrap up the first week of EDIT 572, I learned a few things. First, don’t things until the last minute! Second blogging is more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
I now I scrutinize every commercial I see to determine if it has the needed elements for story. That Bud Light commercial where they tape the guy who has the amazing night? Definitely doesn’t pass the “but does it mean anything?” test Ira Glass talks about.
In terms of assignments, I did four main things this week (not including setting up the WordPress site):
- I set up my site and wrote a brief “about me” that doesn’t really tell you anything about who I am as a person and I just realized makes me sound like a complete Luddite. But I’m a nice person, I swear! I even have two iPhones. Just don’t talk to me about the death of newspapers. I’m even thinking of changing my blog title to “I don’t have a clue, but I’m learning…”
- I used Kurt Vonnegut’s story mapping, Pixar’s 22 rules, and the story spine concept to discuss David O. Russell’s movie “The Fighter”: http://wp.me/p4rWvT-q. In essence, “The Fighter” is a great story that also happens to be true. Doesn’t get much better than that.
- I reflected on the idea of storytelling, and then digital storytelling: http://wp.me/p4rWvT-R. I started out writing that I don’t think digital storytelling could really measure up to “true” storytelling, and then by the end of the post had changed my mind and decided digital media can actually enhance parts of the storytelling experience.
- And last, I thought of some initial ideas of topics to “storify”. http://wp.me/p4rWvT-V. Nothing I’m enamored with, but I’ll believe the professor and trust that it doesn’t have to be perfect now.
How did I do this week? Putting the procrastination aside, I enjoyed this week and did my best to put sincere thought behind each of the posts. They weren’t very whiz-bang, but I trust that I’ll get there–that’s why we are in class, right?