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Feb
19

ACT ?

Glass talks about how every story contains two parts, an anecdote, and a moment of reflection. He also addresses how difficult it is to actually find a good story, good taste, and the pitfalls of storytelling. I chose to listen to First Day, and enjoyed it for the most part. The prologue and first stories […]

Feb
17

Scenes from a Recession and Glass’ Perspective

The idea of a compelling story to require question’s and answers throughout that Glass was describing is true. Without the questions being raised, a story wanders mindlessly while not giving the audience any time to think. Glass b rings to attention the importance of captivating the audience continuously, to provide constant entertainment throughout. While there are great stories with fairly linear plot and classics which no questions are raised due to the amount of times it has been heard, a… (more…)

Feb
17

Glass on Storytelling and The Recession Up Close

I didn’t like at first when he went off on the idea of a worthless story. But then after telling his example and describing how it lead to building blocks, I started to agree. The example of the “quiet”, and … Read the rest of this entry

Feb
17

This American Life listen

This week, we had to watch Ira Glass talk about storytelling. It was broken up into 4 parts, each focusing on a different point. Part one went over the two building blocks for stories on the radio; anecdotes and a moment of reflection. An anecdote is simply a sequence of actions. Glass emphasizes that action […]

Feb
17

Story Time with Mr. Glass

After reading Radio: An Illustrated Guide, and listening to these chats, I feel like I learned a staggering amount about audio presentation. The biggest thing that stood out to me in both the reading and the viewing was his manner … Continue reading

Feb
17

“Heretics”

I chose to listen to the episode called “Heretics“. I found the format to have a lot more strengths than I was expecting. Having seen the This American Life show before on Netflix, I felt that the video component really played to the benefit of the storytelling and was a little apprehensive about opening up […]

Feb
17

Reaction to Switched at Birth

I thought the intro was a boring considering the extraordinary situation. But the more I heard the more I got caught up in the story. I thought it was weird how fast Bob sort of discarded his sister after he found out about the switch, even though they didn’t really have much in common the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

Feb
17

Switched at Birth Reaction

This story was at first a little boring, because I thought it was just going to be about these two families and they would talk about how their lives were different after knowing and blah blah blah. But after about 15 minutes I realized that there was so much more to this story. It had […]

Feb
16

americanlisten

In part I, Ira Glass talked about 2 basic building blocks used in broadcasting: anecdote (?) and the moment of reflection. (Details can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loxJ3FtCJJA) Then in part II and III, he explained how hard it is to … Continue reading

Feb
16

This American Life

For the videos of Ira Glass and storytelling, I really liked part 3 when he played a clip of one of his first stories, it was interesting. I also really thought his advice was true. People in the creative field do, at first, spend years creating things that they don’t think are good enough but…

Feb
16

Modern Day Story Time.

This week we were asked to watch a series of series of videos with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, speaking about the makings of a great story. I honestly found the videos great to watch simply because the way Ira speaks draws you in no matter what he’s talking about. Throughout all […]

Feb
16

First Day

For our assignment I listened to First Day. This story was mainly about the first day something occurred.  Examples given were first day on the job or first day going to a new school. I really enjoyed listening to the stories. I did notice the use of breaks between speaking which was filled with music. […]

Feb
16

My impression of Radio

After reading “RADIO, an Illustrated Guide”, I felt like I had a brand new perspective on Radio and how it works. Ira Glass”s videos help reinforce my idea that sometimes radio can be difficult when you first start, but it has it’s rewards in the end. I chose to listen to the radio story tilted Heretic. […]

Feb
16

american listen

Right off the bat, I felt like Ira Glass’s four-part series (starting here) was more informational and useful than the Radio comic.  Ira talked about how to tell a story (and reflect upon that story), how to find a story, having good taste (and applying it), and common errors broadcasters make, and I took these […]

Feb
16

“Once you’re grown up democracy is not so pure.”

Ok, so it’s apparent that I listened to the “Kid Politics” episode of This American Life but I’ll get to that in a moment.  I felt the 4 part you-tube video series in addition to the book RADIO: An illustrate guide served as a good primer for examining the structure and presentation of an episode from This […]

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