Blog post Critique

porcupine_berlin_zooThis week I looked at a blog post about a “Porcupine’s right to live.” When I rad the title I sort of chuckled to myself and thought, “Oh no, what on Earth did a porcupine do to someone?”  But as it turns out some teenagers thought it would be fun to just club a dozen or so to death for no reason. The author of the blog wants to seek justice for the porcupines but local law enforcement said they were nuisance animals and there is no law against killing them. Displeased with that response she found a retired local animal control officer to help.

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

The creator took a report that she linked to in the blog and gave a recount and then did her own digging to find out why nothing was being done to these teenagers that cause such harm to innocent creatures. She also found other sources such as the officer and the animal control person to help her better understand the issue. she may have record the response or it could have been an email interaction with these two people but she included direct quotes to give power to her point. As an audience, we are to be appalled and want to help her find a way to get justice for the porcupine.

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

The author of the blog had to be aware of the local animal abuse cases and also needed to know who and where to turn to get the support she was looking for. Utilizing a blog and knowing how to get it  associated with this particular affinity space is a big achievement for this creator.

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 blog was located on another site under the umbrella of animal rights and there are 9 comments in response to the blog all in support of the authors opinion. This space is important because it is an affinity space for people who care about animal rights. This also helps the author get support for her cause and encourages her to do more to protect these animals.

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?

This blog was well thought and I feel that the author was concise and to the point and din’t overwhelm with too many details but still linked to the original report if you wanted to know more.


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