First, I watched the video “Urban Art vs Vandalism” by Summer Tappmeyer.

https://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/view_story.cfm?vid=484&otherid=featured&d_title=Featured%20Digital%20Stories

The conceptual core of this blog was relatively strong. The central point is clear but is a little overshadowed by the author’s background story. Also, I think that the author redefined “graffiti” as clear art commissions or tags from established artists, which I think was very ignorant of traditional graffiti in urban areas such as Rome. I think that the research competence, despite this, was really strong and there were a lot of examples given. For creative realization, the digital resources were something that really enhanced the thesis. The subject of graffiti is definitely best represented through the video format because that is how it is meant to be seen. The video format also helps to explain the author’s background experience and to visualize the setting for the narrative.

Second, I read the blog post “Sheffield’s LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they’re thriving” by Katharine Swindells. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/aug/23/sheffields-lgbt-only-halls-were-called-a-ghetto-but-a-year-on-theyre-thriving

The conceptual core of this blog was really strong. The author provided points to back up the main idea that LBGT-only flats were beneficial for students at the school. The research competence was really high for the blog because there was a push to get insight from the people who were directly affected by the LBGT-halls. I feel like this story is best in this blog format solely because it’s a lot more intimate with the students, but it could definitely be adapted to other formats. The form definitely followed the content really well because of the closeness with the students that this affected.

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