There are many connections that can be made between the topics of Media and News Literacy, Digital Storytelling, and Technobiophilia. According to John Delano, Media and News Literacy is ‘the way that we access, read, analyze, interpret and understand the news of the day’, which ‘has been revolutionized by participatory technologies such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, and mobile media’. According to Bryan Alexander and Nicola Allain, digital storytelling is a ‘well established form of narrative development that incorporates diverse media types’. Sue Thomas explains that technobiophilia is ‘the way that we use nature metaphors such as clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs in the language of the internet’, and we love ‘images of forests, waterfalls, animals and beaches’; and this is all because of ‘biophilia’.
These topics are very much alike in the fact that they all have to do with new new revolutionized and technological world. The way we share the news, stories, pictures, and anything else has been changed almost exponentially in the past century. With the dawning of new things such as computers, televisions, digital toys and games, and the internet; people had a much easier way to share their thoughts and ideas.
These three topics are almost always, if not accidentally, intertwined. We use the process of digital storytelling to share our story of the news, media, or pictures. For example, when a newscaster shares the news about the weather on the television, he is telling his news story digitally, and is sharing that news story with a live broadcast of the snow falling. This is using digital storytelling, to share news or media literacy, along with the use of technobiophilia. In class, we are using web-hosting sites such as wordpress and weebly in order to share our own stories, digitally. Today, the news, stories, and images are almost always shared digitally as newspapers, magazines, and books are being replaced with televisions and computers.