Week 2 Reflection: One Truth at a Time

Certainly a lot to reflect on this week. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect was the way everyone interprets. This course is a bit of a pressure. How do you tell a story if you are not a natural storyteller? Because I know a lot of people and statistically significant number of them are amazing story tellers. Chris Anderson (the head of TED) said in order to deliver a great speech all you have to do (or at least start with) is pretend you are telling a story at the table at dinner in from of friends. And so my question is ‘well, what if you suck at that as well?’. so how do you tell a good story? or a story at all? May be that is what this course is about? See, Week 1 I had a clear idea. I read my syllabus, recited the goals and objectives, took notes of what is to be accomplished during the week. And the week went by and so did my clear notions. I did not reflect last week. There was too much going on and I may be saving it for a story later on. However, back to week two. I am starting to get a sense of digital storytelling (and people involved in it in this course). So far, an amazing experience!

What astonished me the most is how different everyone interprets everything. Take Lankshear and Knobel’s chapter we were encouraged to read. Just going through the annotations is a learning experience. This was our first group’s annotation activity and I am just beginning to dwell in it. It is hard. The hardest part is making sense of other peoples annotations. Its like reading poems and interpreting until you study it later on in college and find out it has completely different meaning. Example, the theme explored is common in the poet’s writing sparked from his/hers religious background, or upbringing in the the heart of the Harlem Renaissance era, so on (Langstone Hughes was who I was thinking).

What I mean is that everything is in context. Should be interpreted as such.

What one writes comes from a place one knows. So until you get a glimpse of this person, what they write is still kind of mysterious to you. Thus, the idea for groups annotations makes sense to me.

I had a glimpse at Karie’s interpretations this week. What a learning experience! The way Karie interprets ‘remixing’ as  literacies and digital storytelling is completely different than what my mind is set out for. Karie tells a story like an artist. From a perspective of an artist. Or better yet, from the Discourse  of such. She picks stories that are artists related and with little words conveys a lot of information.

I have a lot to learn. Words are challenging to me. But you know that already. So there, that is one truth about me.


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