I was tasked to come up with a theme for both the DS106 class, but also myself, and I think I have a pretty good idea on where we can take the “What’s (Y)our Story” theme.
You see, everyone is at a different point in their life. Whether it be spiritually, literally, academically, health-wise, age–you name it, everyone is experiencing life through a unique lens; however, we are all still experiencing life together. One of my favorite things to do in life is to document it from my point of view. I love taking candid pictures of my friends and catching authentic and funny moments on film.
They say you become the people you surround yourself with, and I tell my story by showing how the people I choose to surround myself with make me feel: loved, appreciated, and important. They make me feel like the funniest person in the room (even though I am not really that funny hahaha) and support me to no end.
So, I propose that this semester, everyone tells their story through their own lens. Now this can look different for everyone. While I prefer to document my interactions and authentic moments with friends, another person may experience life independently though words or music. It allows everyone to take the theme in their own direction, but they also all connect and influence each other in the end because we are all unknowingly impacting each others lives as classmates. It allows me to tell my story while the group can tell our story: students with completely different backgrounds who all ended up in the same place.
Today’s generation is impacted immensely by social media influencers who each choose to tell their story differently. David Dobrik (YouTuber) tells his story though short comedic vlogs with his friends. Emma Chamberlain (YouTuber) dives into her more serious life experiences and gives advice on things she’s experienced first hand in her podcast “Anything Goes”. Teenagers today tell their story through comedic tweets and Instagram photos. Facebook moms are posting about their child’s 5th birthday so their relatives out of state can help celebrate.
The point is most people are using social media to help tell their story, and I think we should do the same.
I know for me personally, I would love to document a week in my life in a vlog. But I’d also love to share a podcast weekly as well where I dive into my thoughts on what is going on in my life/the world in that time.
In my intro video (linked below), I bring up how I can’t tell my full story right now, because I’m living it.
So I think that’s what we should do–live it. I would love to tell my story as it’s happening, because if I’m not living it now, I won’t have stories to tell later.