4G or not 4G… that is the question..

You may remember a while ago I had a little pitch about telstra… well, for my digital story telling project, I’ve continued on with this attitude to explore Australian phone reception in city and rural areas.

There are 7 stages of digital story telling:

1. Point of View 
What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?

2. A Dramatic Question 
A key question that keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered by the end of the story.

3. Emotional Content 
Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the audience to the story.

4. The Gift of Your Voice 
A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.

5. The Power of the Soundtrack 
Music or other sounds that support and embellish the story.

6. Economy 
Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.

7. Pacing 
The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

When establishing this digital story telling project, I recorded portions of my voice recording in 10 different sections. If I were to record all the vocal elements at once, I don’t think it would’ve sounded as effective. I adhered to many of these rules, except I did not ask a direct dramatic question to the audience – but I hope that the content of this video will engage the reader enough to make them question the phone reception in their lives.

I asked a few friends of mine to star in my video to tell me about the phone reception in their hometowns before they moved to Wollongong for university. As I know them all quite well, it was easy to talk easily and truthfully about their experiences.

I adopted several tips from Truesdell (2010). I ensured I was knowledgeable about the topic and prepared a list of interview questions beforehand. Before filming the interviews, I ensured the participants felt comfortable in the environment. I asked open ended questions to gain the most detail possible, they were also simply structured questions so that they were not overwhelmed.

Anyway… lets talk more about the video!!

I’m from a property with no phone reception, this can be pretty difficult when we seem to live in a society that relies on staying connected. I soon realised that many of my friends who moved here for university also had difficulties with their phone reception in their hometowns. Whereas here in Wollongong, there are a few issues within the central CBD area, but seem to many issues in surrounding suburbs.

In this video, I explored my farm with my camera and dog by my side to reconfirm that phone reception in rural areas is pretty shit. I also conducted casual interviews with some students in Wollongong to gain some more insight to some of the difficulties they have face due to the poor quality of phone reception in Australia.




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