What I learned from a Multimedia Story

By Johanna Tikkanen

 Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma by Michael Nichols

I really liked the way the multimedia story Last Stand in Zakouma told the horrific situation happening currently in Africa. It was a story of elephants, and how they are brutally killed just for their horns, that the locals can sell for high price. I think that this is a very horrible situation for both, locals and the elephants. The people killing these animals are obviously poor, and by killing elephants they can bring food for their family. I still believe that there has to be another way to make a living than killing endangered species. I felt so bad looking at the audioslide show, showing all these elephants, having their head chopped to pieces, just to get their horns. They are left exactly at that place they were shot down, to rot.

This multimedia story, really expressed feelings effectively and I bet that if everyone would share this story, people would start noticing and wanting to make a difference towards better. I’m touched by this story, and that’s what a multimedia story I believe is about. By adding video, photos and audio, these storytellers really made the viewer feel more involved with the story. Especially when they showed elephant Annie’s journey around Africa, and how she got killed.

I think I’m going to try to tell my Multimedia Story more with video and audio, because now I only have few videos and a lot of photos. Audio definitely adds more emotion and allows to express feelings. This story really makes me want to jump on a plane to Africa and save the Elephants, which was probably the point that the storytellers wanted.