“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.”
The latter sentence brings such curiosity that drives the audience who hear or read the former sentence to look with a different eye and pay attention to. Story[telling] is a very important element in our lives as humans therefore, since it is able to spark interest in people and inspire them to know more.. It is no doubt that storytelling has evolved over the years: from hieroglyphs to narration by the fireside to recitals from bards, and on and on. Today, one of the best ways to tell stories (if not the best) is through digital media. As Bryan Alexander explains, blogs, wikis, podcasts, slideshows, photos and information on social media are now the biggest resource for telling stories. There are different types of games that serve as story telling platforms as well. Storytelling through social media comes with pros and cons. Nowadays, many Facebookers and Twitter users, among other social media sites receive vital information through friends'[ posts even before the news channel broadcasts it. Because of this, news sources consider citizen journalists and urge them to share their information with them so that they may broadcast. The problem in citizen journalism arises when information presented is not credible or false. There is a serious setback as a result, which can even lead people to lose their jobs!
Living in the era of digitized technology, digital storytelling plays an important role in our lives. For instance, when I was in my AP class , my level of motivation (high to low) to know information in an assigned book was as follows; I looked for interactive visuals like a movie for the book. If they had none, I would go to Sparknotes to read an online summary. If there was none, I would want an audio reading of the book online. I also preferred an ebook or PDF to the hardcopy. I normally did this before reading the hardcopy of the book, if all wasn’t achievable. I suppose it is because my mind as a teenager is tuned to the use of technology as more effective. This is why I believe #metaliteracy is important. It uses a resource we are already attracted to, and like listening to a good story, we tend to be drawn in.