About Terrance Mockler -Media Ecologist, Digital Storyteller, Journalist.
Photo Credit: Eli Dreyfus (Used with permission.)
“Welcome to my portfolio of recent work at the intersection of digital storytelling, and journalism. The portfolio is meant to assist youth to express their true identities through the communications field. “
“Each story threads together common themes of youth, development, identity, and crisis. It provides concrete examples that students in the arts can follow on their journeys across the mediascape.“
Crisis, Identity and the Roots of Storytelling
“According to Neil Howe in “The Fourth Turning,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Gray Champion” in “Twice-Told Tales”, is said to reappear at times of crisis. It skips a couple of generations and is cross-activated by the young when in a crisis.
Students cannot rely on the old categories and are facing a real identity crisis. They need to identify with someone who will meet them on their ground and terms throughout their academic career. A champion who can see the way forward and who won’t flinch when the going gets tough. That way, trust and confidence in leadership can grow. Enter the Grey Champion-The Media Ecologist.“
“I think every school needs a resident media ecologist. Especially schools for the arts in which I specialize. We are in an era when people need to fashion responses to events on the spot. A media ecology perspective can help with that process by helping students to forge a strong sense of identity. I hope you enjoy this portfolio of recent work on many interesting topics related to this phenomenon.“
Douglas Whittall recently retired from a 30-year long career as a Business Editor for The Toronto Star:
“In terms of your interest in multimedia, that is where journalism is today.”
“I would also urge you seriously to make a movie about your life styled after “Forrest Gump.”