This week’s lecture was spent discussing audio slideshows. This will probably be a shorter blog post than usual, just because I don’t have that strong of an opinion on audio slideshows yet. I think they’re without a doubt a great way to tell a story and can be extremely effective when used well.
One thing about audio slideshows is that they require a little bit more of a time investment for the consumer. While you can read at your own leisure, or just skim through the article if you choose to, you have to sit through the entire audio slideshow in order to find out everything the story is telling. Also, a lot of people tend to read the news while at work or in other public places. This means that in order to view an audio slideshow, you would need headphones.
While those are some of the disadvantages of audio slideshows, I believe the advantages outweigh them. Pictures and sound both have an enormous impact on the human mind that written words will never have. For this reason, a good audio slideshow can tell a story much more movingly than a typical news article could.
All in all, I am looking forward to starting to work with audio slideshows, and cannot wait to get to work!