By Marc Badr
Ever since the Christmas of 2014 when my parents gave me a new phone for the first time, I learned that new types of stories could be found on social media platforms, with Snap Chat and Vine being my first introduction to personal stories being shared by my friends and strangers alike.
Eventually, I started to experiment on those two apps with their own unique features that would allow me to customize the way I want to share my story moments, whether I would film them at my house or in a public place. The reason I did this is so I could get used to posting content regularly to my friends and family, and to fit in with people in high school since they kept telling me about these new apps, and the amazing things I could do with them.
As I continued to study for this course, I started to realize there is a lot more to telling a story right with certain communication styles than I initially thought, with emphasis on making the audience engaged with a piece of storytelling content. For starters, I recently discovered that there are four phases to readership whenever they read an article or a book, which are the following in this particular order; Elementary, Inspectional, Analytical, and Syntopical. (Clark, B. September 21, 2020).
I have also learned that there are two kinds of voices in regards to how an article is written, the passive voice and active voice being the two main styles. For example, writing a sentence in a passive voice would make it seem like the subject in question is being influenced by something or someone, whereas writing in an active voice would make the subject be in control of the action. (Ontario Learn/Gibbs, S. 2020).
On the subject of storytelling, I have come to understand the importance of the inverted triangle method. By starting any story with the most crucial info at the beginning, a post containing some kind of a story in a blog or video would naturally make the audience be more curious, thus putting in more effort to absorb and dissect every information possible.
Based on all my times watching videos on YouTube and Instagram, I have learned that in order to encourage more people to have discussions about a new post, asking the audience more questions related to a particular subject at the end of each piece of content would entice them to share their own thoughts and opinions on a particular subject. This would keep the discourse going long after a new post has been uploaded to the web and shared amongst the audience’s own network of friends and followers on social media.
(Clark, B. September 21, 2020). Retrieved from https://copyblogger.com/how-to-read/
(Ontario Learn/Gibbs, S. 2020.). Retrieved from https://ontariolearn.desire2learn.com/d2l/le/content/36136/viewContent/1748748/View