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One Story, 3 Genres

Listen, watch, and read the three versions of this true story.  For you, which did the best job of communicating what happened? Why was it more effective than the other two? Which had the greatest impact on you? Why, compared to the others? What does this show/ tell you about different genres approaching the same subject?


  1. Josue Giron

    All this confusion will leave people lost. They make huge mistakes. We were all in high school once, and are familiar with feelings of confusion. The article is the most academic. It creates minor, emotional appeal only with an Reference to age and parental blame. But in this situation, the wrongdoings of the students aren’t the fault of their parents. The article does a decent job at introducing the topic and its factors, but not it’s reality and relatability. The podcast and musical Possess such attributes. They both use pathos and ethos instead betray the message of dumb blindness and irrational behaviors, driven by love or lust. Seeing all these actions within the video was more passionate and sympathetic of the podcast. It was easier to comprehend, relate, and most importantly, to learn from. In my project, I will use an academic approach. I will create a poster display of my topics initiative. Yet, like the performance, I will use visuals such as images to create appeal, and language for connection. To get a message through one must build such connection.

  2. Evelin Cardenas

    In analyzing the three versions of the story “21 Chump Street” presented in different genres – podcast, short musical, and written article – it is essential to evaluate their effectiveness in communicating the narrative, impact on the audience, and the implications of genre on storytelling. Each genre brings a unique perspective to the story, influencing the audience’s engagement and understanding

    The podcast format, represented by Robbie Brown’s “21 Chump Street,” offers an auditory experience that can create a personal connection with the audience through voice modulation, sound effects, and pacing. This format allows for a more immersive storytelling experience, making it effective in conveying emotions and nuances that might be challenging to capture through text or visuals. The podcast’s strength lies in its ability to engage the audience through the power of voice and sound, enhancing the emotional impact of the story

    On the other hand, the short musical adaptation by Lin Manuel Miranda adds a visual and musical dimension to the narrative, bringing the story to life through song, choreography, and visual elements. The musical format has the advantage of using music and performance to evoke emotions and convey complex themes effectively. The combination of music and visuals in the short musical version enhances the storytelling by appealing to the audience’s senses and emotions, creating a memorable and impactful experience

    Lastly, the written article by Alexia Campbell provides a detailed and factual account of the events, focusing on presenting information objectively and analytically. The written format excels in providing in-depth analysis, background information, and context, allowing readers to engage critically with the story and draw their conclusions. While the written article may lack the sensory appeal of the podcast and musical, it offers a comprehensive and informative perspective on the story

    In comparing the three genres, the most effective version of the story depends on the audience’s preferences and the desired impact. The podcast excels in emotional engagement, the short musical in sensory stimulation, and the written article in analytical depth. The choice of genre can significantly influence how a story is perceived and understood, highlighting the importance of considering the audience, purpose, and narrative style when selecting a storytelling format

    Overall, the analysis of the three versions of “21 Chump Street” demonstrates the diverse approaches that different genres bring to storytelling. Each genre has its strengths and limitations, shaping the audience’s experience and interpretation of the narrative. By exploring the story through multiple genres, we gain insight into how storytelling techniques, such as voice, music, visuals, and text, contribute to the overall impact and effectiveness of a narrative

  3. Soriagna Coronado P.

    i feel like the article was the best one at communicating the story, it is a well written article with statistics and interviews. the other two are ok but honestly can be pretty hard to understand, i feel like the focus being this one boy that feel in love with a girl that was an undercover cop is quite strange to my taste and pretty much just drives the focus away from the actual story, so it my opinion it was a little unnecessary.

  4. nouha

    I felt more drawn to the podcast as it something I’m more familiar with. It tells you the story in a light way that is understanble and communicate it in a clear way. I also liked the short musical as it was entertaining.

  5. Dayanara

    For me the best job that communicated what happened was listening to the podcast from Robbie Brown. This was more effective for me than the others because I’m more of a listener and get intrigued on how the speaker is expressing themselves in the stories they share rather than an article where you really don’t know what’s going on other people’s thoughts. In the podcast you are able to hear both voices which gives it more of a realistic story telling then reading it in an article or in a play since the guy was sharing his thoughts and was telling the story on what happened and the undercover cop sharing some thoughts. In the article it show’s details and information on what the cops were doing in the school and in the podcast it shares a story on a student of that school of the experience they went through while they were under cops in the school, in the play they reenacted the guy’s story of falling for a undercover cop from the podcast. Which shows different genres are able to tell the same story it just depends on which genre someone prefers. 

  6. Moses

    Personally, I feel the article communicated the story the best compared to the other two as is it is easier to understand and without -for example the musical- change within the story an straight and simple facts. With the podcast and the musical it feels more of a storytelling for entertainment rather than to communicate the story as well as its minute details and complications can be communicated and understood better through writing. This shows that different genres can change the meaning and understanding of a piece of media or of the sort.

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