Last week we talked a lot about the “new” form of storytelling that takes the form of digital media. This week we are harking back to the good ole days of the radio. Back to a simpler time of voices being transmitted over the wires into people’s homes…or so I thought.
I never thought that audio storytelling had so much thought behind it. I honestly thought that it was exactly what we heard on television but without the pictures. Maybe that’s because I grew up with TV and never really noticed the descriptiveness of the radio. Listening to Jad Abumrad talk about how you need to use your imagination when you listen to the radio made me think a lot harder. It’s almost like listening to an audio book, there are still all the details that need to be fleshed out in order for the reader or listener to paint a picture in their head. I like his word of “co-imagining” because it really does involve two people to forms these stories without pictures. The author of the story needs to be as descriptive and intriguing as possible in order for the reader to put it all together and form the images in their minds. The difference, however, between books and the radio is that aspect of the human voice that Jad points out. Listening to the different inflections and tones can change the meaning of an entire story and I think that’s what makes the radio so special. Since we can’t see anything we use the words and tones to paint pictures for ourselves.
Ira Glass also pointed out a lot of good points about what makes a good story. His two building blocks about the anecdote and that moment of reflection are good ways of seeing how authors shape their audio stories. The intertwining of the two allows the listener to be kept in suspense while also realizing a purpose to why they are sitting there listening to this. Another thing that i really liked about Glass’ video was his emphasis on failure. He says that “Failure is a big part of success” and that you have to keep trying and failing so you can hit that stroke of luck and create a really special story. This encourages me to keep trying new things in all aspects of my life but also for this class. I always worry that my blogs are boring or my daily creates are not interesting, but the more I create and the more I put myself out there, the better chance I have of hitting that amazing thing that will get a lot of comments or job or whatever it may be. It’s hard to really see this in perspective when you’re young and want to just be at that “perfect” stage where you know what you’re doing and everything goes right but Glass is right when he says that you need to take the time to develop you and your taste in order to create something that is really good.
With all that said I think that this week will be a bit more difficult. I say that because now we have to think harder about what we say in order to paint a nice picture for listeners to understand and enjoy. Can’t wait to get started!