Tagged: recession

Evolving Multimedia Narratives and Storytelling

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Anyone with a scroll-mouse, or those technophiles that have harnessed the finer points of ‘page-up / page-down’ technology, can see that I haven’t posted to my beloved Fauna Corporation in quite a while.

There are a number of reasons for this, but what is most important is that I am resurfacing after a deep-thought hiatus.

Which is to say, after much consideration, I have decided to post to Fauna Corp again, but with a slightly expanded focus to the content I highlight, share and discuss.

Over the last several months of working in advertising, and gaining some distance from the harsh realities of freelance journalism in the midst of an economic downturn and an essential breakdown in the fabric of how media works, I have gained a little bit more perspective on multimedia content.

There is no need for someone like me to be wringing his hands about the future of journalism. I’m simply not plugged in enough now to really know what’s happening with the media giants, and far more attuned minds than my own could give you the 4-11 (or even the 9-11) on what’s happening.

Furthermore, at a certain level, I simply don’t care anymore. As countless experts discuss and debate, our digital culture moves forward. People upload their on-the-ground footage, others generate beautiful short films and slideshows, still more develop apps and widgets, while experts deliberate on a functioning media model in a shifting cultural landscape. It is not possible to know where we’re going, and I think my energy is best served elsewhere.

What I am plugged into (and seeing a lot of) these days is unique digital content deployed across the cultural spectrum. This has led me to think a great deal about digital narratives – the ways that we represent who we are (or who we aspire to be) through our digital ecosystem.

Sophisticated tools are becoming cheaper, average people are developing professional skills, and more and more people are using their creativity to represent their lives. It is becoming seamless, natural and, at times, deeply moving.

It is this, then, that I am going to focus Fauna Corporation on – the artists, journos and communities that document the people, places, products, ideas, stories and projects that matter most to them. The digital narratives we create and share, to connect, however briefly, with each other and those quiet parts of ourselves that represent who we truly are.

How this plays out will be shown in the next little while, but I just wanted to give you a heads-up about this shift to Fauna Corporation’s content, and thank all of you who have been regular readers despite a loooooong silence on this little blog.

I think you will enjoy where we are going…

Multimedia Pieces & the Recession

I have seen a few really tremendous multimedia pieces recently, focusing on the recession and its impact on different communities.

I thought I’d post today about two stories I was directed to via the excellent multimedia journalism site, Interactive Narratives.

The first is called Waiting Topless, produced by Natalie Conn, Peter Smith, Briget Ganske for The Sunday Best. It tracks two waitresses at a topless cafe in Maine, who both took their jobs due to the realities of the economic downturn in their area, and shows the unexpected realities of struggling to make ends meet when other jobs are not available.

The second piece is a three-part video article by Pierre Kattar and Sarah Sampsel for the Washington Post, called Voices of the Recession. This piece tracks three different groups: new clients of a local food bank, various people bidding on homes in an auction of bank-foreclosed properties, and finally, people newly enrolled in bar-tending school, which has seen a 25% increase in students in the last few months.

Both of these pieces primarily highlight the extraordinary lengths that people have to go to in tough economic times to simply pay bills, make rent and take care of their families. However, the larger theme in these pieces and others on the same topic is that the economy is changing, and few have any idea of where we will all end up when – and if – our economies stabilize.

We live in uncertain times and seem to be heading for increasing uncertain futures, and the tension of navigating through it all is evident in nearly every piece I’ve seen recently – whether it is about the recession or not.