I recently tried my hand at creating a Storify post regarding an essay I recently wrote.
Overall, I liked it.
Clearly, I can’t leave my blog post at that. Allow me to fill it in a little bit.
The way that the website is set up makes things a lot easier when doing research. A Lot. In text citations are 500 times easier and sources aren’t only validated, but can be notified when you use them. The user interface is simple and foolproof. It’s actually quite unique in it’s setup in the sense that it really takes a lot of effort off of the writer and puts more emphasis on the facts and allowing the user to post them. If this kind of set-up was commonplace in blogs at their advent, we wouldn’t have to worry about unnecessary misinformation or blatant misquoting.
This being said, the service does have a slight flaw. It’s now 100% easier to spin facts and information for the benefit of your point. If you don’t want to talk about X, well, just Google the opposite of X and post all the facts about that. It’s sort-of a double edged sword in the end if you look at it that way; the idea you can use the same tool for equal representative views of both sides by doing the same thing.
The only downside to Storify (and with any other program that has an easy user interface) is that it doesn’t tell you or force you to rationalize. This is to say, Storify doesn’t read your article and go “alright, man, this is great and all but what about the other side?” As with all programs, this is entirely up to the user and no-one else. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. It’s good in the sense that, in all your grand naiveté, that you will realize how one sided your argument is and begin to research the other side of the argument in hopes that it will help cement your point even further. The fortunate thing is that finding a counterpoint is as easy as finding the point your trying to prove.
The bad thing about this is is that it allows one to become so deeply seeded in their idea that they can just research their point to the point where it’s just redundant. That’s a glaring problem with anything pertaining to mass media; it’s easy to find all different points but, at the same time, it’s a lot easier to find the same point multiple times. This is, of course, a problem on an academic level as well as an interpersonal level. If one keeps beating a point to redundancy, then their argument becomes less strong even though they found so many points relating to their idea.
This being said, Storify should be used with an open mind and an open understanding of the subject. Going into this program with the idea that you are going to use it maliciously just to get one point across is an appeal to spin media and is neglecting the options presented by this program. The fortunate thing about Storify is how easy it is and how it makes all forms of media easily accessible to anyone who bothers to use it. The only thing to keep in mind is to understand that there are multiple ways to use is since the program doesn’t scream and yell at you to be rational (yet).