For my Computer Information Systems 3810 final digital project, I used a program at Storify (www.storify.com) in order to create a digital story compiled of tweets, pictures, videos and commentary. The focus of the digital story was the New York Knickerbockers during their post season pursuit of the National Basketball Association championship. I chronicled the New York Knickerbockers, the #7 seed, through their first round NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Series against the #2 seed Miami Heat.
My story covers games 4 and 5 of the Knicks-Heat playoff series. A good writer should know a lead when it appears, but I dropped the ‘ball’ on this possession. I didn’t even come up with the idea to create a digital story following the Knicks. My input was that I like sports. Credit for this idea goes to Professor Mikhail Gershovich and Dr. Luke Waltzer. When I picked up the lead on making this story the series had already proceeded through 3 games with Miami leading 3-0. Initially, I was to cover the game 4 match-up using combinations of tweets from Twitter, pictures from websites (like Google, Instagram, Flickr), and videos from YouTube. Once the Knicks physically stepped up (Rise Up) and won the game, I was allowed to continue tracking the digital dialog of New York’s travails for the rest of the series.
I appreciate the Storify format of revealing a story using tweets, images and writing. It presents a stage where any user becomes the author of published material. Once you decide on your topic, find supportive information using tweets or pictures, and arrange the text in a likable order-press publish! It compliments the ability of online creativity in an organized manner, while lending credibility to the productive usefulness of the internet. I have now contributed my ‘five minutes of game’ to the millions of human thought hours of cognitive surplus.
I hope you like it. Thanks.