Quotation (with page number or parag number or time stamp if video/audio)
“One of the goals of digital storytelling, Lambert wrote, is to encourage every user, creator, and student to be ‘the author of your own life, of the way you move through the world.’” Page 1, Paragraph 1.
Comment (250-500 words)
This particular quote stuck out to me because it highlights more of the positive side of social media and digital storytelling. Most people, especially those who did not grow up with social media, say it is unhealthy and futile. However, this quote begins to explain the idea that digital storytelling can give a chance to those who would otherwise not have one, to tell their stories. For example, marginalized communities who are regularly silenced by cishet white men have a better chance of getting a message across in a tweet than they otherwise might. Furthermore, those who do not feel comfortable or safe going to things like protests or are not yet able to vote, can use social media to spread important information. Although it seems backwards, it can often feel safer sharing something with millions of strangers than with a few close friends or family members.
Do the benefits of social media/digital storytelling (giving people a voice) outweigh the negative effects (unnecessary comparison and competition)?