When I first saw the web storytelling assignment, I was pretty nervous. There were so many words and it looked so confusing! Once I downloaded the Mozilla X-Ray Goggles tool, I realized that it was actually going to be easier than I thought. I originally was planning on doing a post on eBay, but realized that the vast amount of information that eBay has for each item would be too confusing to work with. Instead, I decided to alter the content of a Craigslist page.
First I changed the top of of the page, which had previously shown the location/topics that led me to the page, into a welcome for a site specifically for secret agent swaps! I decided that Mia (my character who is both a secret agent and a librarian) would try to sell some of her books on a special secret agent version of Craigslist. She has collected quite a few over the years, but is moving to a different apartment as a result of some highly classified missions that are coming her way. Below is her listing.
Here is a link to the listing. Changing online code was so much easier than I thought it would be. This made me think about how easy it could be for anyone to go online and alter information. I have a feeling this is how a lot of false news articles/tweets/headlines are spread online. The fact that people can edit things so easily is kind of scary! However, I had a lot of fun with this assignment. It was interesting to be able to tell a story based on the existing information of a previous story.