Snap Stories from April 4, 2017
In “Pedagogical possibilities for unruly bodies”, storytelling is an integral part of the article’s argument. For Carla Rice, Eliza Chandler, Kirsty Liddiard, Jen Rinaldi, and Elisabeth Harrison, “[s]torytellers foster narratives that are complex, disruptive and intertwined” and the “stories speak back to cultural representations which routinely other myriad bodily selves and lives” (13). The article looks at particular pieces of art from the Re-Vision project, which is productive and powerful. However, I want to turn to discuss selfies and Instagram and Snapchat ‘stories’ with the article’s argument in mind.
One of Snapchat’s main features is “Stories”, which Instagram adopted (read: copied) in 2016. The “Stories” feature on both platforms is a way to curate a particular 24-hour set of images to display to your friends and/or followers, publicly or privately depending on your settings. Many users create daily narratives to share and save, which enact a particular kind of storytelling in a way that differs from the way, for example, my Instagram feed may provide a narrative about my digital presence, representation, etc. So this makes me question:
- How intimately tied are narratives and digital platforms? Why call the Snapchat and Instagram features “Stories”?
- Like the Re-Vision project, how can Snapchat and Instagram stories work to address “how, to whom, and in what context we reveal” stories? (18)
- Narratives are discourses of power, how can ‘Stories’ allow for disruption and self-reflexivity? Are they already doing so?
Rice, Carla, Eliza Chandler, Kirsty Liddiard, Jen Rinaldi, and Elisabeth Harrison. “Pedagogical Possibilities for Unruly Bodies.” Gender and Education (2016): 1-20. Taylor & Francis. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.