Here is what you said:
- News today is in real time, they are live-streamed
- There are more eyewitnesses to events because you can see it live on television or the internet
- Because there are more eyewitnesses, there will be more perspectives
- There is more bias because there are more people witnessing what’s happening
Due to the technological advances of media coverage, any person can be a witness to history. As Henry (Potato Pugs) said,
You make your own story.
So that’s what you will be doing. Click on the hyperlink for a PDF of our next task, Personal Testimonies, Part I. For this week, you need to find three people who remember the Gezi Park protests from last year. You will interview them and document their personal testimonies. If you took part in the protests yourself or remember what happened, your own personal testimony counts as well!
When you interview to get testimonies, think about what we ask in Current Events: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Use these to guide your questioning to learn about someone else’s experience. Keep asking why? Please submit written documentation of these testimonials on a Word document, then submit to my Dropbox. It should be about 1-2 paragraphs per person you interview. (So in total, 3-6 paragraphs for all three personal testimonies.)
Today, you might have seen on my Instagram feed (@teacherbui) the post below. This is an example of a personal testimony– a personal, first-hand account of an experience. Humans of New York is a wonderful feed to follow on Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr, as it captures the stories of random people all over New York. (However, in these past two months, they have traveled the world to tell people’s stories as well. It is actually one of my favorite feeds ever, because they tell the stories of everyday people, strangers I would never meet otherwise. And their stories are simple and resonate with people in a powerful way.)