Digital Story Reflection

BCM240

The Digital story project seemed to kick start straight away.  We all had submitted our first major project, ,that truly was a creative challenge, for us as writers, finding our creative and engaging voice on media, audience and place related matters. Hence the subject name, with a few days off to relax and recharge, I was back at uni ready to kick off the final 4 weeks of session and for the year. The tutorial after the break got us all thinking about our plans and concept for our next major project, the digital story. I was truly puzzled by the thought of a digital story. As in I didn’t really understand the layout or what I was expected to do. I began thinking of an essay or report style piece. During that tutorial we all had brainstorms of possible ideas for our stories. I had many ideas processing through my head at that time. The tutorial concluded, though my thoughts for that week didn’t stop there. It was the next night, Wednesday and I’m sitting down watching TV. The ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ was on. I enjoy that show so I continued to watch that and in between commercial breaks I flicked over to other channels. Its then, when I notice the amount of reality TV shows we have at the moment, the bachelorette was on channel 10 with previews for many other programs. I begin thinking that I would like to investigate that.  I played around with some ideas over the next few days, and trying to understand what love affair audiences have with the reality TV shows they watch. I was beginning to get set on the project until I was on Facebook one afternoon. I was just on scrolling on the newsfeed as most of us do, catching up on what I had missed for the day, which in Facebook world can be a lot. I follow the page “Wollongong Crap Parkers” and come across a few new posts on the page by people who have caught on camera, local people’s terrible parking attempts. The whole idea of ‘Naming and Shaming’ people on a social network for socially taboo crimes fascinated me. What are these people’s intentions of doing this? This was a new concept that I really was starting to consider. When the next tutorial rolls around, we learn that a major feature of our digital story is ethnography research. When I begin to think of ethnography, I decided to take a chance and a challenge and do the naming and shaming story. As this project focused on ethnography and had loose guidelines I found myself rather stuck on how to begin research. I knew the types of questions I wanted to ask however I didn’t know who to ask. After having a chat to Susan in the tutorial, she helped me decide that I’d need to contact some of the ‘Namers and Shamers’ over Facebook in a private messenger. I found a post on the page by a guy named Vinh who asked to be Anonymous for my research, which I didn’t mind, though found odd as he sounded proud of his public service of justice. His post was a car in the Warrawong Westfield car park. I immediately liked this, as I work in that centre and could imagine that someone would park terribly like that. He was quite friendly and easy to talk to. I introduced myself in the message and clearly stated that the research was just for a university assignment. I didn’t want him to be worried or concerned. The second person I interviewed was Corey, again he was easy going and didn’t mind an interview, his responses were very similar to Vinh’s aka Anonymous so I didn’t feel the need to duplicate them onto my story. I chose his post as he was the only one to cover up the license plates. I found this quite respectful as it is what I would do when publically shaming them. Both the guys didn’t know of what rules there were about photographing peoples license plates, which I found amusing as I believe most of those shamers wouldn’t have, so I needed to research and confirm that once and for all. My ethnography and secondary research underway, I was at the point to decide on my platform to present my story. I was hoping to figure out Prezi and give that a try, I have wanted to try a Prezi presentation for a while now but this time I just couldn’t commit to trying to learn it as I go. I decide a blog post was too simple, so I go to my familiar presentation software, Powerpoint. I like the structure and outcome of a PowerPoint it comes across quite professional. In the end, I am happy with how I undertook this research, as intimidating as it was, reaching out to strangers, their co-operation made it a fun and informative task constructing my digital story.

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