I Want to Be a Mystery – Story Critique- Week 4

I want to be a mystery - by Kara Douglas

This is a poem from the blog, The INFP Mind. The INFP is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving personality type. This type is a walking contradiction. They want to have their cake and eat it, too.  This simple four-line poem captures the very core of the INFP mind.

Since this is my first critique using new criteria, I am going to write this in a question/answer format.

What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

This is a simple piece written by one author. There were no other participants and the audience was not involved in the creation of this poem.

How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

Based on the appendix to Lankshear and Knobel’s Ch 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing, there are no “literacy dimensions” to speak of in this piece. The assignment was to critique a story, not to critique a remix. This piece is not a remix. It is the original. The only thing that makes it a “digital story” is the fact that it was written in a blog.

What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

This poem was posted to the blog, The INFP Mind. This blog is dedicated to expressing the thoughts of an INFP. It is deeply personal. This personal element gives this piece great impact.

Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

The simplicity, sincerity, and honesty of this poem is what makes it powerful. This poem is perfection. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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