The podcast called Social Media When You’re a Refugee was the first piece I reviewed. Thaina Rezil, tells us her struggles of having the ability to see her home country in crisis and not having the ability to go back or do something in New York. Due to Hati’s current state politically and economically, it would be unwise for her to return. Rezil’s main point is that it is hard to see her friends and family going on with their lives, and she is in New York. The overall quality of the piece is excellent, though, with the background noise, you could not always hear what she was saying. She supports her claim with different people and information from her Uncle’s opinion and perspective to the journalist’s facts, who helped her with her story. In my opinion, this piece would achieve the same effect it would on a written document, but because it is on a podcast, there is a chance for a different audience.
The second piece I reviewed was a digital story by Summer Tappmeyer called Urban Art vs. Vandalism. The story from Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling expressed in video format tells the audience about the controversy between urban art and vandalism. Where Tappmeyer does show her thesis, going deeper into answering the question, she never actually completes her mission. At the end of her quest, she says that people will have different opinions on the matter, and the world will keep spinning. Making a video instead of writing a paper is an interesting take, but like the podcast does not make much a difference for effect. The thesis and the project tie in well together because she shows in her video examples of art in museums versus street art she has seen. She used her own experiences to create an overview of the topic.