Saturday, November 16, 2013

Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

   Digital storytelling molds our perception to how we view information. For this MOOC talk, the proliferation of digital tools and platforms through social networking is one of the key aspect of storytelling.  It is because thesis and developmental imaginary conveys a certain message, metaliteracy contributes in such a way that metaliterate learner will apply these terminology to their intended audiences through digital tools. 

In the the new millennium, 'multiliteracies' is becoming more complex and significant than ever before.  Keeping up with the latest information demands competence in a wide swathe of literacy. One way of viewing digital storytelling is its ability to untwist convoluted imaginary into simple understandable pictorials. Here, the main focus is a sequence of events that has a distinct storyline. In terms of academic achievements, it contributes to campus-wide collaborative efforts to develop critical thinking and skills with regard to visual materials. 
By combining personal narrative with multimedia, the creation of a 'movie' will instruct the viewer to understand what ever is being portrayed. One cannot ignore the challenges that may arise through story processing, as this procedure requires some sort of creative writing, film convention, media and visual literacy. This is where a metaliterate learner steps in. The key concepts (which is also shown on the MOOC talk) are communicate, review, analyze, collaborate and publish

Thinking of it in a global scale, it gets more exciting when two mediums combine together. When collaborative measures meets with cross cultural perspective. With all the cultures harvested, a sense of enticement is being lured. Not only will ideas be shaped through environmental society but the concept itself is unique and different.  It is very fascinating to think of the changes human 'evolution' has brought us.  Two thousands years ago, people used rocks and natural colorings to create stories on cave walls. Today, we have a massive broad range of media to create our expressions. 

"digital storytelling 'remediates'  the ancient practice of storytelling" (Bolter and Grusin 1999)

Digital stories take place alongside with narrative-based video games, web soaps, hypertext stories, blogs and web soaps.  The idea behind each concept starts with desire which strives them to take action, in order to come to a realization of how this creation will affect people. 

Some controversial arguments against digital storytelling is the usage of the tools. Technology. It can only be viewed through technological tools such as a computer, laptop, phone, ipad and so on. This encourages people to spend more time on these equipments rather than having social interactions with others. It shifts the focus out of the norm of having in-person interactions. Since technology has made it extremely convenient for people to research or find anything they have questions on, manual work such as researches at libraries or communicating with scholars are heavily being neglected. It can become a massive distraction because it is very addictive. Also its the easy way, making people lazy. 

There will always be an opposite opinion on anything in life and therefore shouldn't be dealt with with extremity.  An engaging digital story successfully links skill in visual representation and knowledge with a sense of personal narrative writing to conveying a particular message. To link digital media with cultural diversity, a philosophy of digital humanties seen through the lens of creative writing can be seen as important. To the extent where a parallelism can be drawn between modes of digital media and poststructuralism(various theories of analysis). 'Telling your story through my eyes.' This paradigmatic mindset of the creator will be able to reach audiences through a global scale. 

As simple as view, understand and process stories, this equation pretty much sums up intention of digital storytelling.

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