Tag-arkiv: multimodality

The beginning of digital storytelling

”Cultural anthropologist Gregory Bateson was asked in the 1950s if he believed that computer artificial intelligence was possible. He responded that he did not know, but that he believed when you would ask a computer a yes-or-no question and it responded with “that reminds me of a story” you would be close.” (Lambert, 2002:21)

As long as humans have existed on this earth we have used whatever medium we have had available to share our stories, from the gatherings around the bonfire to papyrus to the digital media of today. Without going into detail, I will state that storytelling is to be seen as the core of human activity and the creation of narratives always has been the most significant symbol of humans’ way of communicating, such as Bateson emphasized in the quote above (further readings; Aristotle’s Poetics, Roger Schank 1990). In other words, as humans we have a need to express ourselves, and we tend to do that through stories.

Nowadays the digital media facilitate a variety of modalities, through which anyone with the appropriate computer skills can tell his or her story. It is in this area that digital storytelling operates. Digital storytelling as a method and a movement gives people a voice through the use of computer tools (Lambert, 2002) or as one of the founders of the digital storytelling movement Daniel Meadows precisely express it:

“Digital Stories are short, personal, multimedia tales, told from the heart. Anyone can make them and publish them on screens anywhere.”(Meadows, 2001)

So Digital Storytelling is about sharing stores and build a better world… is that all, I keep wonder? My intuition tells me no. I have to found out, what it is good for?

/Anne Hvejsel

Udgivet 18. februar 2008 af nikoline

What is it good for? – Power of Multimodality (No.2)

Why make digital storytelling? What are the benefits? We are trying to find theoretical and practical answers in this serie, where we ask the question: what is it good for?

“In our experience, digital stories have wide appeal among children, in part simply because they are multimodal and digital, and thereby allow individuals those compositional means and rights that used to be associated just with the world of mass media”

In the paper “Locating the Semiotic Power of Multimodality” the authors, Glynda Hull and Mark Evan Nelson, examine what makes digital storytelling so appealing and helpful for at-risk youth. With a theoretical focus on new literacies or multi-literacies they analyze the effects of learning through a different system of signification.

The authors notes that it’s problematic that the educational politics (In US. red) outline a focus on reading and writing as the only way to be literate. The new forms of reading and composing should be considered as supplement to the traditional perspective on literacy rather than a treath.

In thinking of multimodal texts, the student suddenly have a array of choices to make about semiotic features, and the process of design becomes more diverse. He/She has more choices to be made and there will be more possibilities that the student find that semiotic significant system which express his feelings.

”The point is that images, written text, music a so forth each respectively impart certain kinds of meanings more easily and naturally than others. ”

Locating the Semiotic Power of Multimodality
By Glynda Hull and Mark Evan Nelson

Udgivet 10. februar 2008 af nikoline