While sanding my deck I am mulling over what I will do for the Web Story assignment in ds106. I have my target and plan in mind, and hope to hatch it over the next day or two.
An idea I had discarded as pointless was doing one on Wikipedia- pointless because one can already edit the content. But then a flash came to me- what if I were to edit the Wikipedia page about Wikipedia, and hatch a story that it is a giant scam on the world, that we think we are freely editing, by we are really being manipulated by some malicious malefactor.
It was starrting to resonate until I looked at the length and volume of content there. While I know I could remove parts, it was looking like a huge amount of effort.
But I also saw it as a good chance to practice some Firebug editing, so took a play at the first paragraph:
I’ve got more work to do outside, and will think more if I really want to go down this road (and I can see I lopped some edits, working in Firebug takes some patience).
Again, major kudos to Martha Burtis for conceiving a devilish and challenging assignment (get them into the code! people cannot do that technical a task is the conventional wisdom we are seeing trashed).
The thing is, what makes a web page redo a “story” versus just a pun or a joke (like mine above, it would need much more editing to go from joke to story). Or is it really in the creators eye as to what the story is?