Saturday, February 2, 2019

Microblog about Serial, which is an audio blog/podcast about the justice and court systems of different towns around the U.S. The narrative is what makes this interesting to listen to. She starts out describing this particular courthouse and the functioning of it. She is there, on scene, trying to gather facts of how the case of this particular episode “A Bar Fight Walks Into the Justice Center” is unfolding and how or if the justice system is working. The narrator in her own voice describes where she is, what’s going on, and who she is talking to. She’s talking with the defense attorney and they are about to watch a video of the incident at the bar. Her narrative clearly describes what is unfolding before her eyes. You’re able to visualize the scene she is describing to you. She’s not just giving her opinion or thought of what happened, she’s giving you details of what she sees. She is seeing and stating that “Anna” is having 2 different men touching her butt, one has done it multiple times, even as “Anna’s” trying to ward him off and she’s telling you how the interaction is unfolding. A woman at the end of the bar staring at “Anna” and the fight that ensues between the two ladies. She describes matter of factly the “ferocious stomp Anna received.” Tells us what she is seeing as “Anna” swings and hits the cop and what happens from there. She describes the characters and the setting of the courthouse in a way that gives their backgrounds, not necessarily what they look like, which gives you enough to paint your own image in your head. That is what good narration does, it describes and gives you information, in which you can see it happening and gives you a sense of the scene without being there. Bryan Alexander describes blog stories having a continued narrative appeal since the early 2000’s. I didn’t grow up having technology at my fingertips and sometimes wonder if I’m behind in this technological world, but I totally understand why this form of blogging and narrative story telling has taken off. Bryan Alexander describes them as “public diaries or social media journals” and the fact that you are able to search and find one, or have it recommended and you can just go pull it up and listen to it anytime you want, is amazing! I guess there’s always the chance of “linkrot” , but there will always be something else there to replace it and grab your attention. I am now a fan of this blog Serial and the way the narration pulls you in and gives you details, in which, you can visual the scene and what is happening, as she describes it.

5 comments:

  1. A good, in-depth post. I might recommend breaking your paragraphs up a bit, as this post presents a pretty dense wall of text otherwise.

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    1. Thanks for you feedback! I agree and will pay attention to that going forward.

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  2. Serial is such an awesome podcast and a great topic for this post. I agree with the previous comment that this is a great and in depth post! I agree that this is one of those podcasts that just grabs you in right from the beginning! I'm glad you're a fan now too!

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    1. Yes it really is a great podcast! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out such interesting things.

      Cheers to being fans :-)

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  3. This is a good analysis of how the author of Serial uses the narrator to characterize the people focused on!

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