Critiques Digital Storytelling

Do you believe everything you read on the internet?

HoaxI’ve always been interested by hoaxes.  Sometimes spending hours on just clicking the random button and reading the stories that catch my eye. Other times double checking facts that someone posted to my Facebook wall because they were worried about the type of pacifiers I use for my baby. So when I stumbled upon “Hoaxes!” linked from the Franklin and Marshall Digital Storytelling page I knew I had to use at least one of the videos for a weekly critique.

Jason Ohler’s story evaluation traits that I’m choosing to use are: Project Planning, Research and Media Application

The video from Hoaxes! I chose to critique is Episode 2: Science and Technology.  This video takes the viewer through a history of science and technology and how people living in the classical age were afraid of new technology because it was not the norm, disturbed how tPhilonhings are supposed to be and were lead to believe that inventors were considered tricksters.

It is very apparent that this video required significant planning.  Transitioning from Archimedes to Antiphon, linking to Alexander the Great and finally finishing in Alexandria Egypt with Ctesibius and Philo of Byzantium would require considerable planning that could not be accomplished without some kind of story board or extensive plan. The transitions are seamless; the narrator never lost my attention.  The images are interesting and relate well to the story.

That being said, the creator of this project probably spent a lot of time in a library or doing research on the internet.  We all know the further back we go in history, the sparser the information becomes. The author does not list his/her sources.  I would be interested to see some of the original material used.

The pictures used in this project are relevant to the story being presented. The music, on the other hand, can be quite distracting.  The narrator is sometimes lost in what I would consider background music.

I really enjoyed this video and will probably spend the rest of my evening watching the other videos.

And for my next trick…

On the same topic, but on a lighter note, the second digital story I decided to critique is “The 15 worst Internet hoaxes of 2014 – and where the pranksters are now” written by Caitlin Dewey for The Washington Post.  The article covers a variety of hoaxes; from Justin Bieber saving a man from a bear, to the hoax that wasn’t a hoax: Alex from Target, and almost everything in between.

This project probably required some planning, but it is not extensive enough to have required a storyboard.  Each list item does contain some explanation, putting it a step above a Buzzfeed list.

These are my dogs.  They agree with the Buzzfeed list mentioned above.
These are my dogs. They agree with the Buzzfeed list linked above.

If Caitlin was on her game, she was keeping track of these hoaxes all year long and didn’t have to do much research to create her list.  However, she did have to look up the “Where are they now” part which might require more effort.

The media used is relevant.  Each item had the associated hoax picture or picture of the person involved.  She also linked to videos and original stories if applicable.

This story was comical, I enjoyed reading about the hoaxes that I didn’t hear about last year.  Justin Bieber is Canadian… he should know his way around bears.

Side note: I was on the Franklin and Marshall page because I live in Lancaster PA, and that’s where F&M is located.  Maybe I’ll go to campus and see if I can track down someone that helped make this page and pick their brain, in my spare time (that was sarcasm, I have no spare time).


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