Has Storytelling Changed Over Time?

I always believed that storytelling has stayed the same over time but the way that it is shared has changed dramatically, from word-of-mouth to the written word it certainly has developed. However, now-a-days we have advances in technology that allow us to communicate with people around the world, instantly. This changes the way that a story affects a body of people.

In reading Bryan Alexander’s “Web 2.0 Storytelling” I have learned that storytelling has changed over time but not in a way that I expected. Through the different platforms that the internet has to offer, people can create stories in different ways than ever before. One can write a story that takes place over a year and have one entry per day. One can write a mini-story on Twitter that is 140 characters or less. This changes the way that a person writes a story which, in turn, can change the way that a story is told.

After reading Shira Chess’ “Open-Sourcing Horror” I realized that the Slender Man came from a forum of multiple users creating a horror villain. The Slender has reached such high acclaim as being scary because we have the ability to create images online to go along with the story and it reaches so many people that it created a wide fan-base over the course of a day. The main difference in storytelling now is that there is the possibility of having a “digital” component to accompany the story itself. In the past there was only the use of words or words accompanied by images but now we can use sound clips, videos, moving pictures (GIFs), etc. to help us tell a story or to solely tell a story. Another advantage to “digital” storytelling is the potential to have immediate feedback and a global reach. You can post your story and seconds later have a person from half-way across the world responding to it. The limits are endless for means of storytelling and communication about the story itself now that we are in the digital age.

Fish on Toast

The daily create for September 3rd was to take a picture of toast and edit something into it. I was eating my toast this morning and watching TV when The Little Mermaid came on. Ariel is my favorite Disney princess so I immediately thought of making the piece of toast, now digesting in my belly, into my beloved Disney companion. After uploading the picture of the piece of toast I had already enjoyed I opened it in paint and started whiting out the background to start off with a clean slate. I drew the outline of Ariel’s marvelous bangs and the rest of her flowing locks and colored them in bright red. I then added the bow she wore in the “Kiss the Girl” scene from the movie and it was beginning to real look like her. I began on her mouth, which turned out alright, and then continued on to her nose. However, paint was done cooperating with me at that point and I just couldn’t get her nose nor her eyes to look right. So I decided to go back to the version that had just the hair and bow painted on and loved it. I don’t normally like fish on my toast but, in this case, I will make an exception. Here is how it turned out:

Ariel toast

Around the United States in 80 Days???

For this web assignment from the assignment bank I had to create a Pinterest board displaying my dream vacation. For my dream vacation I will be driving, and flying, to all 50 states and visiting the capital building in each state. Therefore, on my Pinterest board I pinned pictures of all of the capital buildings for each state and the capital building in Washington, DC. I would love to take this trip in the future with my fiancé before our wedding, if we can afford it. My cousin and his wife did a similar trip to this but only did the eastern states in the US and said that they wished they could do all 50 states. I thought it was a great idea and they seemed to have a lot of fun so hopefully I will be able to do a trip like this one day.

My Dream Vacation Pinterest board.

The assignment bank’s dream vacation web assignment.

British Star Trek

The daily create for September 2nd was to pick a scene from a movie and add British slang into the scene. I decided I wanted to take a scene from Star Trek Into Darkness where Captain Kirk and Spock confront Khan to figure out who he is and why there were people hidden in 72 torpedoes. Have fun reading through my version of British Star Trek and see if you can find the slang I threw into it.

Kirk: “Why is there a man in that torpedo?”

Khan: “There are men and women in all those torpedoes, Captain. I put them there.”

Kirk: “Who the hell are you?”

Khan: “A remnant of a time long past. Genetically engineered to be superior, blinding so as to lead others to peace in a world at war. But we were condemned as criminals, forced into exile. For centuries we slept, hoping when we awoke, things would be different. But as a result of the destruction of Vulcan, your Starfleet began to aggressively search distant quadrants of space. My ship was found adrift. I alone was revived.”

Kirk: “I looked up ‘John Harrison.’ Until a year ago, he didn’t exist. I was gobsmacked. The name ‘John Harrison’ is a load of tosh, complete rubbish I tell you.”

Khan: “John Harrison was a fiction created the moment I was awoken by your Admiral Marcus to help him advance his cause. A smokescreen to conceal my true identity. My name is Khan.”

Kirk: “Why would a Starfleet Admiral ask a 300-year-old frozen man for help, mate?”

Khan: “Because I am better.”

Kirk: “Nice one, really. At what, wanker?”

Khan: “Everything. Alexander Marcus needed to respond to an uncivilized threat in a civilized time and for that he needed a warrior’s mind. My mind. To design weapons and warships.”

Spock: “You are suggesting the Admiral violated every regulation he vowed to uphold simply because he wanted to exploit your intellect.”

Khan: “He wanted to exploit my savagery. Intellect alone is useless in a fight, Mr. Spock. You… You can’t even break a rule. How would you be expected to break bone? Marcus used me to design weapons. To help him realize his vision of a militarized Starfleet. He sent you to use those weapons. To fire my torpedoes on an unsuspecting planet. And then he purposely crippled your ship in enemy space, leading to one inevitable outcome. The Klingons would come searching for whomever was responsible, and you would have no chance of escape. Marcus would finally have the war he talked about. The war he always wanted.”

Kirk: “Oh bollocks. No. No. I watched you open fire in a room full of unarmed Starfleet officers. You killed them in cold blood!”

Khan: “Marcus took my crew from me.”

Kirk: “You are a murderer!”

Khan: “He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I had designed, but I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that Marcus had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. I was gutted, so I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?”


My New Nikes

For this design assignment from the assignment bank I had to customize a pair of shoes. I chose to design a pair of Nike running shoes on NikeID.com. I have actually ordered a pair of customized Nikes before from NikeID.com and love the process of making the shoes my own. I started out with a black pair of Nike Free 5.0 women’s running shoes (pictured below). I played around with the colors and patterns and ended up making the following pair (also pictured below):

NikeID Final

I am really happy with how they turned out and would order them if I weren’t a broke college kid. However, maybe I’ll ask my parents for them for my birthday.

The assignment bank’s customized shoes design assignment.

Winter at the Battle of Little Bighorn

For this visual assignment from the assignment bank I had to select or take a picture and change the colors, saturation, etc. to make it different in some way. I decided to use the picture I took at the Battle of Little Bighorn National Park of the Indian Memorial.

Here is the original image:

Battle of Little Bighorn - Indian Memorial

Here is my new image:

Battle of Little Bighorn - Indian Memorial (2)

I wanted to make it seem like it was winter at the memorial and like they were riding into a snowy battle. I changed the filter to black-and-white and added the vignette around it to look a little snowy. I love the way it turned out because I feel like I accomplished my goal of making it look like the picture was taken in the winter.

The assignment bank’s color changer visual assignment.

Bloody Face Meets Rambo

The daily create for September 1st was to color a coloring book page or make it your own in some way. I didn’t know what I wanted to do at first so I began coloring the surrounding leaves and tree. While coloring I, eventually, decided to have Rambo’s body but wearing Bloody Face’s mask in order to make it my own. I ended up with this creepy, and actually kind of disturbing, image.

Bloody Face Meets Rambo

Pediophobia Films

I enjoyed watching The Twilight Zone’s “Living Doll”, Night Gallery’s “The Doll”, and Trilogy of Terror’s “Amelia”. I have a great appreciation for older horror films, even though they usually don’t scare me, because they helped the horror genre grow and develop into what it is now. However, the basic elements that make them scary are still there, such as making the dolls so hideous that just their appearance scares you. This works because our brains automatically scare when seeing something scary, therefor, the scarier looking the doll is, the more likely it is to scare the watcher. There is also the use of scary background music that intensifies the mood and creeps you out. The reasons why they play music like that in the background is to bombard the watcher’s senses in order to catch them by surprise. What doesn’t work for me, and the main reason why older horror films don’t scare me, is the length of anticipation and development of the story. These older films are perfect examples of how long it takes to reveal the scary parts. The anticipation is so long that I end up losing interest, guessing what is going to happen, or the effect of anticipation just wears off. I also like horror movies to have a little bit of drama or mystery in them as well as horror and I don’t typically find those elements in older horror films. However, I still love watching them, just not when I want to be scared.

While we are on the topic of phobias, I wanted to share with you guys my favorite phobia. I do not actually have this phobia it was just the first phobia I ever really knew. I found out about it from Charlie Brown Christmas, which my family watches every year on Christmas Eve. My favorite phobia is pantophobia, which is the fear of everything. I really only like this phobia because of the way Charlie Brown reacts to it when Lucy asks if he has it. Here is the clip if you haven’t seen it before:

Weekly Summary 8/28/2015

Before I start this week’s summary I wanted to play the song that was on replay in the mental institution Briarcliff in American Horror Story Asylum, in which Bloody Face was a psychiatrist.

Now that you have gotten a feel of the atmosphere in Briarcliff I can move onto my thoughts on this first week of “class”:

I LOVE THIS CLASS!!!! I love the horror theme. I love using different types of media to portray an idea or story. I love the connection between myself and other students and professors. This class is going to be fun. I already had a UMW domain so I kind of knew the ins and outs of using it but having to create a subdomain threw me for a loop. However, I jumped in and ended up landing on my feet, luckily. I learned what a subdomain is and how it works and it was actually a bit harder than I thought it would have been. Whereas, the process of embedding media into a post was much easier than I thought it would be. Even though I have had a UMW domain for a year now, I had only blogged with text and links to code but never included actual pictures, videos, sound clips, or even tweets before. I have ended up liking Twitter a lot more than I did when I had a personal account and, even though it was a little aggravating at the beginning, Soundcloud has grown on me. I am super excited to see what our class comes up with and can’t wait to be scared and creeped out.

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“Bloody Fingers”

I originally read “Bloody Fingers” when I was in elementary school from the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and loved it. This book, along with the other books, More Tales to Chill Your Bones and Even More Scary Stories, is a collection of short scary stories directed towards children that lead me to fall in love with horror.

Without further ado, here is the wonderful story of “Bloody Fingers”:

Bloody Fingers

A man walked into a hotel late one night and asked for a room. The hotel manager told him the hotel was all booked up. “We’ve only got one room left,” he said. “It’s on the 13th floor, but we don’t rent that one because it’s haunted.” “I’ll take it,” said the businessman “I don’t believe in all that nonsense about ghosts.” The man took the key and went up to the room to get some sleep. As soon as he turned off the lights and got into bed, he heard the closet door squeak open. A pale, ghostly figure emerged from the closet and staggered forth, its fingers dripping with blood. “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned. When the man laid eyes on this horrible sight, he grabbed his suitcase and ran out of the room, still wearing his pajamas, and left the hotel that very night. The next night an old woman arrived at the hotel very late at night. The manager told her the same thing. “We’ve only got one room left, but it’s on the 13th floor and we don’t rent it because the room is haunted.” “Sonny, I’ve seen a lot in my day,” she told him. “Trust me, nothing could possibly bother me.” As soon as she switched off the lights and got into bed, the closet door creaked open and a ghostly figure stepped out. Its fingers were still dripping blood all over the floor. “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned. The old woman shrieked and ran as fast as her legs could carry her. A week later a teenage boy arrived at the hotel very late. He also took the haunted room despite the manager’s warning. He paid for his room, got the key and headed upstairs. After he had unpacked, he took out his guitar and began to strum some tunes. Soon, the closet door creaked open and the ghost appeared. As before, its fingers were bleeding, soaking the carpet with blood and it was moaning, “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!” The boy didn’t pay any attention to the ghostly figure. He just kept strumming his guitar. The ghost kept moaning, and its fingers kept bleeding. “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned. Finally, the boy stopped playing the guitar. He looked straight at the hideous apparition and said, “Shut up and get yourself a Band-Aid.”

Text for “Bloody Fingers” found at: http://www.scaryforkids.com/bloody-fingers/

So…the ending isn’t exactly what you thought but it is a good first step towards horror.