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Response to "Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre"

February11

This article gives a fantastic synopsis of how storytelling has changed in today’s world in response to the surfacing of the concept of Web 2.0. There are many more options allowed when telling stories simply because Web 2.0 allows you to control information and the structure of your story in a format that was not possible until certain tools that go along with Web 2.0 were developed.  Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine start off the article by talking about the 2 essential features that are useful in distinguishing Web 2.0 platforms and projects from the rest of the web: microcontent and social media. There are now ways for different users to interact and collectively determine the steps and outcome of a story. There are various social medias that people can utilize such as twitter and blogging. Not only can you follow someone’s story via twitter, but you can comment and add insight into possible outcomes as well.  Earlier websites were developed with very few connecting points that individuals could use socially. However, tools developed to interact with Web 2.0 platforms can be used to connect individuals based on the micro content they share.

I enjoyed the part of the article when they mentioned the use of Twitter when telling digital stories. They referred to the use of tweets as 140-character microstories that people could follow and comment on. This limitation allows for only a certain amount of information to be conveyed. This is beneficial because it only allows for a direct and to-the-point statement about what you are doing. The character limit for twitter is actually smaller than the limit for a text message (which is 160) so if you have ever texted someone, you can imagine how little space you have to tell your followers what you’re up to.

They also talk about how with the emergence of more and more platforms as time goes on, the ways in which people can interact and exchange microcontent also changes and develops. There are so many websites that you can be directly involved with the work of others. Youtube allows you to comment as well add your personal rating. With wikis, you can directly add and edit information uploaded to the server. Also, with blogs you can follow someone’s individual stories, opinions, and views; and add personal commentary, which may or may not be addressed by the author but in the end, contributes to how the story is told.

There are many ways to engage yourself in digital storytelling and the tools to do so are readily available to anyone. These platforms and tools can not only be used to tell stories, but they are useful in keeping people connected.

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