hello! I cannot believe that we are already in week four. I honestly feel like I was just moving in and starting my classes yesterday.
I have been trying to slow things down this week and not jump ahead into the weekend, but I am looking forward to it because it’s Parent’s Weekend! I am super excited to see my fam and explore some of our favorite city spots – Rittenhouse, Chestnut Hill, etc.
This week has been filled with lots of work and video preparation. Liv and I met up during the week to capture some shots from around campus. We also recorded a time lapse video outside at the SJU library steps. I am excited to incorporate this footage into our homelessness documentary. You can watch our homelessness documentary here.
I have definitely said this before, but I absolutely love when concepts from my other classes seem to come together and connect with other ideas. During class we had the opportunity to watch The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk. This video focused on the theme of stereotypes and the danger of creating one single story. When creating media, such as our homelessness documentary, it is important to avoid the creation of a single story. In other words, we must not group individuals together as one package with a label – every person is unique and has their own story & their own narrative.
I think that this connects especially well with our call to action at the end of our documentary. We want to urge our audience to end the single narrative and start the conversation. We want to take the time to engage with others and learn their individual stories.
Furthermore, through our various social media platforms, we have the ability to become global citizens, connecting with others from across the globe and taking on responsibilities outside of our national boundaries. This can include sharing these various narratives and starting a meaningful conversation.
Through viral engagement, a call to action can lead to monumental changes. Voice becomes influence. Social networking eases the flow of information and accelerates spread. Social media platforms lower the costs of actions – it can be as simple as “liking” a post or signing an online petition. With these lower barriers, a call to action can go viral and reach an ever growing audience.
So, consider the ways in which events have taken off and spread through thin and thick engagement. A simple tweet or use of a hashtag can go a long way when combined with the power of human voices.
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