Analyzing and Reviewing Digital Stories

From incorporating literature in the Twitterverse and stories with Siri to a text as simple as an Amazon review, digital storytelling has officially become one the the most interesting and engaging forms of literature. Most of us inevitably become bored with reading black words on white paper, scrolling through never-ending PDFs, and turning page after page of poems full of lines to decipher. The digital world has transformed storytelling into something much larger than mere words. Auto-encrypting poems, much like audiobooks, allows audiences to listen to lengthy poetry rather than reading it, while Twitterature uses a series of tweets or even retweets to tell a story in chronological order. Even conversations with Siri can develop a piece of literature unlike any other, and Amazon reviews do not discriminate storytelling; they can also tell stories. Using digital platforms for storytelling helps capture audiences of a much wider scope than those seeking forms of literature—many more people pick up their phones and hop on Twitter than those who sit their phones down and read a book or article, so why not capitalize on that? Overtime, the demand for digital stories has risen as the use of technology has skyrocketed. Soon, I believe digital stories will get much more recognition worldwide for its ability to tell a story without only words.

“Reader Comments for The New York Times’ ‘Homestyle Spaghetti Carbonara’ Recipe” Review

“Reader Comments for The New York Times’ ‘Homestyle Spaghetti Carbonara’ Recipe” was an extremely captivating way of telling a story using a digital platform. I imagined this page underneath the comments of a pinterest recipe post, and found by the end, after reading so many variations of  “could’ve used garlic, though,” I almost had tears running down my face from laughter. Somehow, a recipe for Homestyle Spaghetti Carbonara turned into random people in the comments arguing about how to make grilled cheese! Though this had nothing to do with the initial comments about the Spaghetti Carbonara, I read completely through the comments tickled by the way Todd Levin, the writer, told this simple yet hilarious story. This type of genre play is exactly what all literature should be testing today.

“A Cautionary Tale” on Amazon Review

Who knew Amazon reviews could turn into storytelling? “A Cautionary Tale” on the Amazon reviews for a simple wolf t-shirt tells the story of a man buying the shirt for his wife and inevitably gave her wolf-like qualities, with the purpose of warning other potential buyers to just get their wifes “a gift card” for Valentine’s Day. This type of story was unexpected to read, but I surely would not mind reading another Amazon review story.

“Siri: A Coping Mechanism”

“Siri: A Coping Mechanism” by Patrick Roche was an extremely interesting way of incorporating new technology with modern mental health issues. Watching the video of Roche’s performance was much more moving and inspiring than a simple written poem would have been. Roche’s “Siri” voice also gave a much more AI feel to the reading, which places the audience in a much more modern world. He told the story of a boy battling depression on one end of the phone while his family and peers are on the other end, with “Siri” in the middle witnessing it all. This was a very interesting piece!

Photopia

The interactive fiction Photopia by Adam Cadre ultimately gave me very mixed emotions. At first, I thought the idea of editing a story as it unfolds was super interesting, but as I continued playing, I quickly became annoyed when the verbs that I typed would not continue the story but only left me with smart remarks from the author, very similar to The Stanley Parable, if any of you have read it. I think this idea is super interesting and has potential, but needs some work.

Where is digital storytelling heading?

In light of newer digital platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and much more, digital storytelling will enter a new era of creativity. As attention spans decrease and social media increases, storytelling on digital platforms will be at an all time high. This captivating and multimodal use of storytelling will soon be a regular source of literature.

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