Frequency 2156 was very interesting, I must say. Even though it was just a website that is very clearly fake, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of impending doom actually waiting around the corner for me. I’ve never seen a digital project quite like this, and love how collaborative it is.
Immediately, I saw responses pouring in from Virginia Beach, which is where I am from, and it kind of scared me and made me wonder how I would get in contact with my family if the end ever did come. When I clicked on the location of Virginia Beach, it said it was completely barren, and the one radio submission for that area mentioned that everyone was dead. I couldn’t help but feel a terrible sadness for my family even though I know it wasn’t real.
One thing I can imagine would be an issue with such a collaborative project like this would be the inconsistency in the story. I didn’t find any baseline story that Frequency 2156 had given their participants, making it a free-for-all of any apocalyptic story line they want, making the overall story inconsistent. Maybe some people thought the end was from a tsunami, some maybe thought aliens were responsible. Realistically, the end of the world probably wouldn’t be natural disasters, zombies, AND aliens- so just something to think about.
I have been learning about interactive webpages in my Applied Digital Studies class and this is the coolest one I’ve seen. I think it would be incredible to make something like this and create a community of storytellers from all around the world to participate. However, if I were to do it, I would give everyone a prompt to follow along with so that the story is cohesive.
Here is my submission:
I wanted my “storyline” to be about an end where there are other beings coming to attack. That’s why I mention it in my recording and insert alien noises. I also like the idea of, if there was an invasion, that there would be bombings (Maybe why all of Virginia Beach is dead?) and so I included bombing noises.