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Pascale
Good stuff -Thank you very much for all the goodies!
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Frances Bell
thanks that's a great post. The point about authenticity is interesting. A colleague and I are writing vignettes -composite stories from anonymous research data and other stories. Will they not be able to be 'authentic' I wonder?
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Chris Thomson
You're welcome, Frances.

I think in this sort of situation the authenticity will come from how the story is told. It's not always possible or desirable for stories to be told from the 1st person perspective, as in your case, I imagine. I don't think that stops them being truthful and engaging. I'd probably draw lessons from journalism; the sort where affective storytelling is based on reliable evidence (rather than the more tabloid approach!).

In your stories, is there enough description for the reader to be able to picture and empathise with the people involved?

I'd be very interested to find out more about your methodology.
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Alan Levine
I''m adding this to my storytelling explaining collection, very well done in a way to that models the form. The notion of consisting the intent for emotional appeal is a useful critical tool to share.

Hi Frances! Not surprised running into you on a comment. I agree with Chris; authentic need not be the same as factual truth. Myths,movies, fantasy stories can have a sense of authenticity if the character and their struggle to overcome the problem feel real enough to make us care.
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Frances Bell
We are only just starting to collect material for the stories. It's coming from various sources, including our own observations, hence the need to anonymise parts. The stories will highlight some of the unexpected good and bad outcomes from interacting across multiple networks and channels. Context collapse is an obvious example. We could send drafts when they are ready if you like. The plan is to write two first and then write a third to plug any gaps.
Thanks for your interest Chris.
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