Anecdotes and Coauthoring

I really appreciated that Ira Glass started off by saying great story telling is not how it is taught to us all in school. I am not the kind of person who tells a lot of stories I’m much more a listener so I think I very easily could have fallen in the trap of thinking that storytelling is the same on paper as it is orally.  As he was explaining how using anecdotes is how you should tell stories it made a lot of sense to me because I really could feel a sense of anticipation for what was going to happen next in the story.  The moment of reflection is odd to me, because I think in some cases it is better to let the audience decide or ponder what the story truly meant.  I think it would be good to give them a a quick starting off point for them to reflect on but not really talk out the meaning.

Ira kept bring up how important it was to be persistent because audio storytelling is very hard to master and it does get better with time.  Find a good subject for an audio story is something I think I would really struggle at, I feel like the types of stories that are good on paper are not the same as the ones told aloud.  I would also have a very hard time cutting stories that I had put a lot of work into, but I think Ira made a great point about how important that is and how little it is talked about.  The most important thing I think Ira talked about was being yourself rather than trying to impersonate TV and Radio Personalities that already exist.  They already exist so you don’t just want to be them that’s boing rather than new and exciting.

My favorite thing that Jad Abumrad talked about was the fact that in Radio the storyteller and the audience are coauthoring the images in their head.  I think it is the most important part of nonvisual storytelling.


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  1. I felt the same way with that example story Ira Glass told. Just thinking about it or seeing it on paper it seems like pretty boring story. Though when he tells it aloud for some reason you suddenly become drawn into the story, so I agree with you on that part. I liked Jad Abumrad’s talk the most since he really describe why audio storytelling is so compelling with the idea of co-authorship. Good analysis overall and I got pretty much the same stuff out of watching them two.

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