Monster Hunter: The Artefact: The Storify

Taking a break from purely deconstructing my platform this week, I intend to elaborate on the artefact I will be submitting in week 13, such as why I will be using it and the justification of my choice.

So what is a Storify? Well, the creators themselves refer to it as a medium by which users tell stories by collecting updates from social networks, amplifying the voices that matter, to create a new story format that is interactive, dynamic and social. (Storify, 2014) While generally a Storify is created through collating multiple voices on a singular issue, I instead wish to use it more as a filtration system just for me, allowing me to post and comment on my own thoughts over an extended period of time.

Through the use of a Storify, I wish to convey my progression of thought and experiences through the game Monster Hunter. I feel like Storify is a good site to tell this story due to its simplistic and cross-platform style. As autoethnography is heavily reliant on personal experience, I feel that by collating my reactions ranging from live tweets while playing, to longer form writing on my WordPress (such as a game review), I will be able to establish a more descriptive and wholesome image of my experience which I can reflect on at the end.

Bochner et, al. state in their article on writing autoethnographies: “When researchers write autoethnographies, they seek to produce aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions of personal and interpersonal experience. They accomplish this by first discerning patterns of cultural experience evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts, and then describing these patterns using facets of storytelling (e.g., character and plot development), showing and telling, and alterations of authorial voice.” (Bochner, et, al. 2011) If looking at it like this, I would view my live tweets while playing as field notes or raw data, which I can then extrapolate upon. By being able to include this data alongside my findings in the artefact, readers would have a greater sense of how I reached the conclusions I did, and also how much my opinions have changed overtime since originally playing.

My artefact can currently be found here. While it is currently very empty, I hope it will not be that way for much longer.

References:

Ellis, C, Adams, T E, Bochner, A P 2011, ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, Historical Social Research, vol.36, no.4, pp273-290.

2014, ‘What is Storify?’ Storify, https://storify.com/about

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3 comments

  1. The evolutionary virality of social media tools never ceases to amaze me and the addition of Storify to our toolkit is one that excites me. The idea of using live tweets as field notes is fantastic, but I would suggest that you use the Storify platform to its full potential and also include the thoughts of others that not only reflect your work, but that also challenge it. As I explored in the post linked below, it can be valuable to include others in the pursuit of analytic autoethnography so that you may find gaps in your own research or validate your own opinions as representative of your area of study. The Storify platform just sounds so well suited to this that I feel it would be wasteful to not include at least a small selection of opinions from Monster Hunter fanatics.

    https://digc330.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/who-cares-about-me-what-do-you-think/

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  2. This is such a interesting platform to use! I think that it will help your research a lot and also make it much easier to keep all your information together. The live tweets are such a good idea for the auto ethnographic component, and will once again allow you to look back and reflect on your thoughts at a particular time. I do think you should not limit your storify to just content you’ve produced but maybe look at what others are saying on your topic, this will give you a broader understanding and make your research more thorough. Overall great post!

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  3. I have never heard of Storify before, but it sounds great! It shows how social media can actually work in ways that can benefit us. A good way to express your findings in a different way. It will be great to see live tweets, pictures and blog posts instead of simply 1 of the three.

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