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Short Stories
BUILDING A NARRATIVE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
SESSION 1, MAY 6, 2014
A thousand words?
We have always been storytelling
creatures
And our lives are ‘storied’
We are multi-faceted and multi-storied
Aggregating and rearranging our social media
postings c...
The medium for storytelling is
always expanding
And the languages of story increase
Puck Magazine, 1881 Internet, 1980’s onward
Twitter
140 characters
Ability to embed:
◦ Links
◦ Images
◦ Hashtags
Tweet anatomy
hashtagshashtags
linklink
retweetedretweeted
Feature added Fall 2013
No longer necessary to follow link to see
images
Twitter – embedded pictures
Twitter – custom timelines
Introduced 11/2013
Allows users to curate tweets and create
stories
Easily shareable
◦ Re-tweet...
Instagram
Capture images and video (15 seconds)
Smartphone app – Android and iPhone
Tags
Hashtags…narrative glue
# used to group messages on many social networking sites
A sorting and metadata mechanism
3rd
part...
The Story Spine and Twitter
 Once upon a time...
 Every day...
 But, one day...
 Because of that...
 Because of that....
Curating narratives
An experiment in storytelling
Working with 4-H youth to re-tell Romeo and
Juliet using social media
ht...
Tagboard
Storify
140 characters
https://twitter.com/twitterfiction
Storyboards and perspectives
From : Matt Madden – 99 ways to tell a story http://www.exercisesinstyle.com/
Developing, and breaking apart, a
story
Just because the tools use 140 characters or 15 seconds of video doesn’t mean that...
Every story has a plot
Public Narrative Structure
Telling along ‘the arc of critical
hope”
In stories that are meant to project our work
forward we create an arc of the fut...
Tech mediating the story
Multi-medias
Peer interaction – it is ‘social’ media – opening up the telling to multiple perspec...
Contact
Paul Treadwell
pt36@cornell.edu
paul.treadwell@gmail.com
@ptreadwell
http://www.paultreadwell.com
This work is lic...
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Short stories | Building a narrative with social media

  1. 1. Short Stories BUILDING A NARRATIVE WITH SOCIAL MEDIA SESSION 1, MAY 6, 2014
  2. 2. A thousand words?
  3. 3. We have always been storytelling creatures
  4. 4. And our lives are ‘storied’ We are multi-faceted and multi-storied Aggregating and rearranging our social media postings can represent these facets And, as long as we are alive and tweeting, these stories evolve We can either be intentional or un-intentional autobiographers… http://bit.ly/1iV9GlG
  5. 5. The medium for storytelling is always expanding
  6. 6. And the languages of story increase Puck Magazine, 1881 Internet, 1980’s onward
  7. 7. Twitter 140 characters Ability to embed: ◦ Links ◦ Images ◦ Hashtags
  8. 8. Tweet anatomy hashtagshashtags linklink retweetedretweeted
  9. 9. Feature added Fall 2013 No longer necessary to follow link to see images Twitter – embedded pictures
  10. 10. Twitter – custom timelines Introduced 11/2013 Allows users to curate tweets and create stories Easily shareable ◦ Re-tweet ◦ Custom timeline widget
  11. 11. Instagram Capture images and video (15 seconds) Smartphone app – Android and iPhone Tags
  12. 12. Hashtags…narrative glue # used to group messages on many social networking sites A sorting and metadata mechanism 3rd party services can aggregate across social networks (eg, tagboard)
  13. 13. The Story Spine and Twitter  Once upon a time...  Every day...  But, one day...  Because of that...  Because of that...  Because of that... n  Until, finally...  And, ever since then...
  14. 14. Curating narratives An experiment in storytelling Working with 4-H youth to re-tell Romeo and Juliet using social media https://storify.com/ptreadwell/performing-romeo-and-juliet-via-social-media
  15. 15. Tagboard
  16. 16. Storify
  17. 17. 140 characters https://twitter.com/twitterfiction
  18. 18. Storyboards and perspectives From : Matt Madden – 99 ways to tell a story http://www.exercisesinstyle.com/
  19. 19. Developing, and breaking apart, a story Just because the tools use 140 characters or 15 seconds of video doesn’t mean that the same rules do not apply. Storyboarding and preplanning pay off Once you have the story you can ‘parcel’ it out Multiple medias allow for creative expression ◦ Parsing out the action to twitter, dialog to video, scene transitions to images, etc…
  20. 20. Every story has a plot
  21. 21. Public Narrative Structure
  22. 22. Telling along ‘the arc of critical hope” In stories that are meant to project our work forward we create an arc of the future. A storytelling challenge – find and tell the arc of critical hope Naiveté or despair are the easy arcs
  23. 23. Tech mediating the story Multi-medias Peer interaction – it is ‘social’ media – opening up the telling to multiple perspectives, voices… Stories as magnets or sponges
  24. 24. Contact Paul Treadwell pt36@cornell.edu paul.treadwell@gmail.com @ptreadwell http://www.paultreadwell.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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