Cultural Storytelling



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6 comments on “Cultural Storytelling

  1. Just wanted to acknowledge that I’ve been reviewing your archive, much of which I remember from my days in elementary and jr. high school. (Is it any wonder that we all became hippies?) I presume this is still in draft form and that we’re waiting for the rest of your narrative to appear.

    1. You would be right! I ran into some issues developing my narrative using Pearltrees, so I went through and revamped everything through Storify. It’s now ready for comments!

  2. Hailey, I really like the video on family management! I, too, want more fun, leisure, and harmony in my family.
    Clarity of message:
    The message is clear: Audio/Visual films on social guidance and education. Very interesting how messages change or build upon others throughout the decades.

    Depth of message
    Topic covered well. Although, I would like to see more narration or commentary from one segment to the next.

    Writing Standards
    Were there any instances of typos or misspellings, grammar or usage, or lack of adherence to APA styles for references and citations?

    Quality and appropriateness of media
    Media was well researched and applicable to the social and educational public awareness.

    Thanks Hailey. It was fun to view the ‘old videos’.

  3. I like that you used the slideshow option for your Storify! I tried to, but didn’t think it lent itself well to my particular post. You did a great job walking us through your topic. I really enjoyed the entire thing.

    I don’t really follow what you mean to say here: “movies and television offer stories that are synonymous with entertainment – which consequently exists similarly to the stories presented to us in education.” Consider revising?
    I also thought that your argument here wasn’t clear: “Unlike the highly persuasive nature of advertisements or the blatant bias of political campaigns, social guidance films used storytelling for both informational and instructional purposes.” In my opinion, social guidance films are meant to be persuasive so that muddies the contrast between the two for me.

    I liked how you introduced the topic, had us dive in to some representative films, then zoomed out to look at big idea.

    For your in-text citations, a page number (or para. or other marker) is needed (one example: Smith on slide 3).
    Slide 35: You might look up how to treat quotes quoting someone else. I can’t remember the official way to do it but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the way.

  4. This is an interesting topic, I hadn’t realized there were so many social guidance films made in that time period. I’m glad to see that you used the slideshow style, I think it gave your project a neat and clear presentation.

    The narrative element flows well. The videos you chose are great examples, and you didn’t use an overwhelming number (a hard thing to stick to with so many to choose from, I’m sure). The discussion at the end of themes you found common throughout was well done, and wraps the project up nicely.

    I’d think about adding a few (2-3) sentences to the title cards (Hygiene, Dating, etc.) that talk about common element of each category, or who they were primarily aimed at—similarly to how you did the closing segment.

  5. Hi Hailey!

    Definitely liking the transition from Pearltrees to Storify. Your slideshow (which I didn’t even know was an option) ended up being good choice for your media. I realize it kind of takes away from the less linear narrative that Pearltrees allows, but I think your message came across well in this form. Having the videos show up on their own slides actually made me focus a little more, compared to if they were embedded with text above and below, or in rows. The organization of your argument also really helped connect all the pieces.

    Love the side-by-side comparison video!

    One thing that really stood out to me was how you positioned yourself in the conversation. On the first slide you mention the educational videos that you watched in school, which acknowledges from the start that while the videos are different we are still showing a set of videos that in some way reflect our cultural values. It is all too easy to look at the past with a judgmental eye, but you managed to avoid that for the most part. I’m sure one day someone will look back and write an opinion piece about the number of female scientists in the Bill Nye episodes or something along those lines ☺

    Here’s a few things to take a look at clarity/writing wise:
    *On the first slide, the double adverb is a bit confusing (“consequently” and “similarly”), and I think “exists” should be “exist” to match the plural “stories” in the second clause – “For most of us, movies and television offer stories that are synonymous with entertainment – which consequently exists similarly to the stories presented to us in education (McDonald, 2009).”
    *I think D’Arcy brought this up already, but the last sentence of the 3rd slide feels contrary to the argument that your videos build. They very much seem to be socio-political advertisements, though maybe you’re making the point that they are using storytelling in a different way (?).
    *On slide 20, I found the second half of this sentence to be unclear. The phrase “allude greatly” feels a little awkward, consider making the verb past tense and losing the adverb. Also, “several cultural references” feels very specific when you may want something broad to match with “bias,” maybe “cultural norms and biases”? – “Although, broadly speaking, many of these subjects are still applicable to American ideals today, there is no arguing that social guidance films allude greatly to several cultural references and biases of the era they were made.”
    *In the middle of slide 32, consider adding “of the” between “most” and “earlier” – “minority groups in most earlier films.”
    *The citation on slide 35 I think is supposed to have a (as cited in…..) instead of listing both authors.

    Thanks for sharing these videos!

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