Ira Glass: Part One

For my first video I started with Ira Glass’s Part One.

I found this a very useful video. He explained that we should not think about broadcasting/story telling as we think about what we are taught in high school. As in we should not think of story telling as a story with a topic sentence and then the supporting ideas. We should create a story using two building blocks, the first one being the anecdote and the second is the moment of reflection. Every story should have these to things because it brings interest and suspense. Even the short story that Ira Glass used as an example in this video had suspense because of the anecdote and moment of reflection. The anecdote brings depth and suspense to a story and it leads into the next action/thing. It continues to lead and link to the next action.

Ira Glass: Part Two

For my second video I watched Part Two of Ira Glass’ videos.

In this section, Ira Glass talks about how hard it is to actually find a decent story and story line. He also speaks about how a person will spend just as much if not more time finding the decent story versus editing and putting all of the scenes together. He explains that more than half of their week is spent looking for stories and then attempting to get the stories to work. And about a third to half of the story ideas get killed. He goes on to say that we should actually enjoy the killing of a story because we are about to find something better. He made me realize that you have to fail and have to be willing to shoot down your own ideas and be ruthless when it comes to story telling.

Jad Abumrad

I watched the shorter video for this assignment and then went back to watch his twenty minute video to gain more knowledge.

I found it interesting how Jad Abumrad explained that the radio is empowered by the absence of images. The radio is the connection between the story teller and the person listening, where the story teller is painting a picture but the listener is holding the paint brush. The radio brings people together because the teller and listener have to “paint” this image together and bridge this gap, which creates empathy. jad Abumrad also says that the human voice is the engine to everything we do. He also believes that the radio will never die, as it is supposed to have done many times now.


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