For this week’s digital story, I chose to examine an Instagram feed that is devoted to a cat that loves to hike called exploration_cat. Quandary Q. Lotus Lady was actually a given to her owner as a marriage proposal. Graham got down on one knee and proposed to Erin with Q, and from that day forward, Q has been a constant companion on their various hikes. You can read a little more about her story at Meet Quandary: ‘proposal kitten’ and hiking pet
To critique the story, I chose elements from Digital Storytelling: Evaluation Methods .
|Point of View||The point of view is well developed and contributes to the overall meaning of the story.||10|
|Choice of Content||Contents create a distinct atmosphere or tone that matches different parts of the story. The images may communicate symbolism and/or metaphors.||10|
|Quality of Images||Images create a distinct atmosphere or tone that matches different parts of the story. The images may communicate symbolism and/or metaphors.||8|
I gave this story a 28 because it easily met all of the criteria I elected to critique it on.
Point of View… while this story is about the cat, it is visually told from the point of view of Q’s owners. Though you definitely pick up a lot about Q’s personality from these photos.
Choice of Content… OK. Who doesn’t love a good cat picture? And to have a whole Instagram feed devoted to a cat that enjoys hiking? Total WIN! Yes, I am a sucker for a cool cat (probably because I have one, though he sadly has not made me famous or earned me any extra cash). If you too love cats, check out Maru the Cat’s YouTube channel. Hours of entertainment!
Quality of Images… These are obviously photos that are taken with a phone by amateurs. And there is nothing wrong with that. The photos show how much Q’s owner’s love her and show a lot of her personality.
I think this feed is just a lot of fun. It certainly appeals to cat lovers and leans towards the unusual. After all, how many cats do you know that will go for a hike, or for that matter, even go on a walk with you? I can say that I occasionally throw a harness on my cat and take him for a “walk”. It usually ends up with me sitting on the ground, and kitty eating grass.
What do you think? Should we try to go viral?