Afterlives of digital stories. Nicole Matthews, Media and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University Naomi Sunderland, School of HealthGriffith University. Outline. The problem of listening and the promise of digital storytelling Listening to storytelling: a case study
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Media and Cultural Studies,
Naomi Sunderland, School of HealthGriffith University
Which digital storytelling?
CDS: “assists youth and adults around the world in using digital media tools to craft and record meaningful stories from their lives and share these stories in ways that enable learning, build community and inspire justice… sharing and bearing witness to stories can lead to learning, action and positive change”
(from Centre for Digital Storytelling website)
In health, gap between:
Listening: under-discussed in comparison to questions of voice in cultural theory (O’Donnell, Lloyd and Dreher, 2009)
Emphasis on reflection and the reflective practitioner
(Couldry, 2008, 383-4)
“The involvement of people with a dementia in dementia care training has so far been very limited – usually to case studies, video excerpts and occasionally direct one to one interview of people experiencing a dementia in front of an audience” (Sheard, 2008, 25)
Consequently, offers some insights into listening, but mostly from the perspective of the teacher/trainer. Some reasons for the absence of work on listening?
“When you train, what they want more than anything from you as an educator, the biggest thing they want is, ‘Tell me how to manage these behaviours, just tell me how to manage them.’“ (W2)
a.Replacing related life experience
Listening across difference
“using the visual stories stuff … we sometimes do reduce it to stereotypical things, so it doesn't actually look or explore the diversity…everyone's situation is so different and unique… If you're in a training session and you use one or two things, half the people will say, “Well... what about these people?”(N1)
“you can't stir it up and then not be able to take it anywhere or do anything with it. That's just destructive” (W1)
“unless people are challenged on it, they can look at it and go, ‘That’s what I already do, I’m very open minded about that sort of thing.’ But just because I’m open minded about it is that what my body language says?”” (W2)
The already known as a problem in life narratives (Kelly 2008) as well as a means of communication (Burgess, 2006)