Chapter 1 Notes - The Evolution of Mass Communication The...

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The Evolution of Mass Communication The Story of George Guess Father white, mother Cherokee Handicapped & uneducated; never learned to read/write English though he wanted to Cherokee felt they were meant to hunt George felt such a system would give independence. Cherokee Alphabet Creation 86 characters, each representing a sound in language Taught daughter to read; Cherokee nation adopted in 1825 System used to print 1 st U.S. Native- American newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix The Sequoyah Legend George, better known by his Cherokee name Sequoyah, honored him with silver medal English botanist named large California tree in his honor “Storytelling” defined National Storytelling Assn. (NSA) has defined storytelling as: “the art of using language, vocalization, and/or physical movement and gesture to reveal the elements and images of a story to a specific . . . audience” “Story” defined NSA defines a story as “a narrative account of a real or imagined event or events.” A sharing of experience that passes on accumulated wisdom, beliefs and values Explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose Connect & link us to past, present & future “Telling” defined Live, person-to-person oral & physical presentation of a story to an audience
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Listener’s role is to bring the story to life based on the performance & on the listener’s NSA’s Storytelling Elements Storytelling is interactive (teller depends on listener for response; noise). Storytelling is a co-creative process (teller provides a picture; listener fills in the blanks). Storytelling is personal, interpretive and human (passes on the essence of who we are, how we interpret events/experiences). Culture defined Dictionary.com defines culture a number of ways. One definition is “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group” such as the youth culture; the drug culture. Another is “the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.” Oral cultures were the cultures that passed information from one generation to the next without benefit of writing.
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course MASS COMMU 1301 taught by Professor Fluker during the Spring '11 term at Texas State.

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