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Podcast Response

What makes Nightvale literary is the fact that it’s telling a story. The podcast includes all typical aspects of a fictional story like plot, world-building, and characters. The podcast tells a story about the town of Nightvale, and those that inhabit it.

Nightvale uses sound in order to help build the world. Sometimes the podcast has the absence of background noise, but other times the podcast uses music to emphasize certain parts of the story. Over, Nightvale doesn’t use much sound other than the narration and the occasional background music. This forces the listener to focus on what the narrator is saying. It also makes the listener image more of the story themselves. It definitely keeps the story more traditional oral storytelling rather than making it like an audio theatre piece that utilizes movement and sound effects.

Other than sound the podcast also utilizes timing in order to make the podcast more interesting. Often to story is fluid and the narrator continues to talk. However, around the 13 minute mark of the podcast there is a break in the action and a song plays. This song lasts for about two minutes. The podcast uses it almost like an intermission in the story. In the story it replaces the narration of the journey home, but it also provides the listener with a couple of minutes to process everything that has happened so far in the story. It also is the turning point in the story. It’s where the main character begins to feel all of the consequences of his actions.

The way that sound is used in this podcast is much different than anyway I’ve heard it used before. I’ve personally had more experience with audio theatre pieces, which is what I assumed this would be like. They are similar, but audio theatre is much heavier on the use of sound aside from voices. In audio theatre there is almost constantly a background noise (usually music). Additionally, the only other podcast that I’ve heard that was similar to this one was an episode of Smoshcast. Even then, Smoshcast used a lot more sound effects that Nightvale does. The minimalist approach to sound in the podcast makes it very unique, and it provides an engaging experience.

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Social Media Project

Here are all the posts from my social media project. I had mild success with this project. I had two notes (likes) on my posts all together. I also gained one follower. So it can be assumed that at least a couple of people took my facts to be true and did not fact check me.

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Social Media Project Progress

My social media project is focusing on how people react when presented with a fake fact online. I’m posting fact fakes that are presented as truth to Tumblr. I’m waiting to see if people will accept my facts as truth or if they will call me out on the fact that everything I’ve posted is a lie.

So far I’ve posted 6 different “facts” onto my Tumblr post. Here are the posts that I’ve made so far:

With these posts I attempted to make the facts sound as true as possible. Most posts include something that actually exists like the retinal patterns in our eyes. The post about early sunglasses is also half true. The part about the animal skin is false, but the information about the second type of sunglasses is true.

I’m attempting to get more people to see my posts by following a bunch of people in hopes that they’ll follow me back or at least look at my content. I’ve also included tags in each of my posts in hopes that they will come up in searches as well.

So far I’ve only had one response to my posts. The response is on the first thing that I posted about Ancient Grecian lube. This was the response:

Someone liked the post. So it can be assumed that they did not fact check my post. I’m hoping to get more interactions on my posts. My hope is that the more I put out there, the more people will see what I post. If you want to help me out with visibility by reposting my stuff on Tumblr I would greatly appreciate it. Here’s the link to my blog on Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/somefunfacts

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Social Media Project Proposal

1. Vision or Mission

I want to test how people react to a fake facts that are presented as real. I’m going to present facts that are worded intelligently and appear fully fleshed out. I want to see if people will just accept the facts or if they will look at my username (which will be something that suggest that I’m writing is fake) and call me out on it.

2. Platform (and affordances)

I want to use Tumblr. It’s a blogging site that people often post random facts to. These facts are often widely circulated, and seldom fact checked. I know I personally have read “facts” from Tumblr that I didn’t fact check. Also on this platform people seldom pay attention to the usernames of the blogs. This allows me to put the seed in there that everything I write is fake, and potentially have that go unnoticed.

3. Execution

I’m going to start a new Tumblr account. I’m not sure entirely what the name of the account will be, but it will need to suggest that everything I write is false. I’m going to come up with several false facts and post them to my page. These facts will need to be fleshed out, and I will need to be able to have answers if anyone has questions. I’m going to use tags to make it easier to stumble upon my page. Also to make the likelihood of my blog being read higher, I’m going to follow a bunch of people in hopes that they follow me back or at least look at my profile.

4. Capture/Presentation

I’m going to take screenshots of all of my posts as well as the comments on my posts. I’m going to put all of these screenshots into a PowerPoint in order to present them.

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Social Media Literature

One of the ideas that I have is to tell a story on Twitter. I want to use the ability to make a Twitter thread to present a fictional story as a true story. The point of this is to see if others on the platform will believe my story or not. The story will be told in an outlandish way for comedic purposes. Twitter allows for outlandish threads that are believable. To capture this I would just take screen shots to present the final product.

Another idea that I had was presenting wild facts as true but on Tumblr. Tumblr is full of outlandish and random facts. I want to see how much people will believe when it is presented as fact. Many people don’t fact check anything on the internet, so I want to push that as far as I can. Also to capture this project I would just take screen shots to present the final product.