In my annotated retelling, I chose to combine two stories that contain gun violence, and ended up writing mainly about police brutality. I think the choice worked out well because, although it the annotated retelling was using stories, it was still an academic assignment. By using a more serious topic, I think it was easier to bring an academic tone and analyze important current events. Because of the topic that I chose, I needed to do much deeper research and fact check, rather than focusing on the storytelling/creativity aspect of the paper. The format of annotating my essay was helpful, because I was able to put in my own thoughts, as well as statistics/anecdotes that added weight to the stories.
My topic choices probably would have been different if I was writing for a different audience, for example, if it was being posted at the museum. I don’t think that people visiting an Alaskan museum would want to read about police gun violence. It wouldn’t really go with the tone of the exhibits at all. If I was planning to present this at the museum I would have had to choose a completely different topic that centers on something more Alaskan.
Choosing a true story of a police shooting that has such a serious tone required me to be respectful of what actually happened. I didn’t want to change it too much from the real story. It forced me to spend more time analyzing things like the effect of this particular story, how it was influenced by that fact that many people had cell phones and recorded the shooting, and delve into some other racial issues in todays society. Choosing to write about this definitely made me make sure that I was presenting my information in a fair and true way.