The Digital Story I chose for this assignment is titled, “The Reality of Television.” It is from the University of Houston website on Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling. The website offers many examples of DST that range in length and theme. I chose “The Reality of Television” from the page featuring Pop Culture digital stories. The DST in this group were created by graduates students enrolled in a course covering the educational uses of digital photography which was being taught in conjunction with a course on Popular Culture in education. I found these digital stories to be compelling since they were being made by students in a class make-up similar to ours.
“The Reality of Television” is a commentary piece that asks the viewer to take a critical look at what television means to its audience, as well as the ‘reality’ of the content that is being viewed. It is comprised of a combination of slides, voice over narrative, and background music. The content of the transitioning slides coincides with the content of the narration. A female voice is the narrator for this digital story. She lists the types of images and subject matter she is able to view when watching television, ranging from information programming to entertainment value shows. She then quotes mainstream opinions on the value of television. Next, she asks the question, “Why is television important to you?” A series of short sound clips that feature individuals giving opinion based answers are voiced over images that correlate to their responses. Finally, the female narrator sums up her story with a final commentary on the content of television as it relates to modern day society.
Technically, the movie put together well. The voice over narration is easy to understand, and the sounds clips between the different speakers are transitioned smoothly. The visual transitions of the slides fit nicely with the timing of the narration, and the pacing of the slide images/transitions are good as well. The content of the images make sense with the topic being discussed and all the parts fit smoothly together as a whole. Both the content of the narration and visual imagery make for a compelling digital story.