Throughout the week, I took time to sit down, read stories, and reflect on why that story held some attraction or power to me. Compiled in my Pinterest, here are the stories that stood out to me.
The first aspect that comes to mind, is that of visual attraction. We are all guilty of this, our society training us to be attracted to what is the most attractive or visually appealing, pursuing partners that pertain to our liking, drawing closer to books with covers that tell narratives, and picking articles or stories that attract the eye. As socialized to do so, my eyes wandered to stories that attracted them, colors telling stories, the faces of individuals, these images could tell stories on their own.
However, once I’d started delving into the stories, I quickly realized there were many aspects that made their narratives engaging and worthwhile. The first being the continued use of images to narrate stories, making story telling a process that is accessible. The ability for information to be accessible is one of the key aspects within story telling that enables audiences from various backgrounds to be learning and engaging. The process of passing information thus allows education on local, national, and global levels which can enable activism oriented around the topics being discussed. Through the accessibility of information, writers are creating the ability for social change, thus displaying the power behind storytelling and writing.
Accessibility through the readings I chose was executed mainly through multimedia tactics of writing, specifically the use of videos that are able to be listened to in not only English but also Spanish. The use of bilingual reporting, which broadens viewership, was exemplified in the New York Times article, “Sin Luz, Life Without Power,” which delved into the lives of Puerto Ricans who have stayed in Puerto Rico despite lacking access to education, jobs, and basic resources, such as electricity. Through the story, you are taken within a video series that is broken up by pieces of reporting, all of which create an in depth experience on the lives of Puerto Ricans and the challenges they live through daily, many of which are perpetuated by the negligent behavior of the United State’s government. Through reading, listening, and viewing the story, your senses are engaged on various levels as you delve deeply within their lives through tactics of effective of reporting and writing done by the New York Times.
Alongside visual aspects of storytelling and an overall sense of accessibility, titles and hooks with controversial meanings or implications also attracted me into reading stories. For example Vice’s “This Artist Is Making Work Out of The Literal Blood of LGBTQ People” drew me in instantly as I felt a sense of worry and anger rise inside of me over the idea of LGBTQ pain. Through the title, just a small phrase was able to provoke emotion and interest, one that I attempt to emulate within my own storytelling. However, precaution needs to be brought when developing titles and hooks, as they have to be representative of the content within the story, not just fabricated to draw in attention. Through Vice’s story, the title provoked emotion, but also accurately described what the story was about, thus drawing in interested audiences and keeping their attention, as it did with mine.
Alongside catchy titles, the use of images and videos, and accessible means of attaining information, all of the pieces evoked another aspect that drew my attention and desire to read more, that being their ability to connect readers to subjects in emotional and almost intimate ways. Through all stories, these are aspects that drew me in, that were executed through the selected stories as a reader is able to delve into individuals lives and thoughts to uncover their ways of expressing themselves in the midst of challenge, specifically turmoil as seen through the stories on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Mexico border. Through intimate connectivity, you are seeing the lives and sides of individuals that are not seen nor uncovered on a daily basis.
Through taking the time to reflect and write about the tactics other writers have used in their articles, I am inspired to implement new ways of engaging audiences through multimedia and accessible tactics in my own writing.