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STORIES IN CYBERLAND: In Brief

Stories in Cyberland is an online audio archive project that is crafting a shared media landscape across borders. Pilot projects have begun in Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece.

The project aims to share stories through the internet in a user-friendly fashion. It also aims to allow users to upload their own media from their own computers, giving the project tremendous horizontal growth potential.

Developed over the past few months, we have been in the streets collecting people’s thoughts and feelings. These focused opinion collections are then uploaded to a computer, edited, compiled in categories determined by question, and then broadcast through the Stories in Cyberland website (www.talkoftheisland.org/StoriesInCyberland).

 

Stories in Cyberland was begun in Cyprus, and the Cyprus branch is most developed. Cyprus Stories in Cyberland is broadcast through the Talk of the Island internet radio station (www.talkoftheisland.org). This is achieved by taking random selections from the Cyprus Stories in Cyberland database through a program that automatically inserts them into live internet broadcasts.[1]

 

We believe that listening has the power to inspire empathy. The project includes no photographs of faces on its. This decision allows for the listener to hear another’s story without judging their appearance.

 

 

WHY?

We like stories. We hope others find the project enjoyable and moving. We think there is power in asking oneself questions that provoke self-reflection. The process of looking inward when responding to questions that are past oriented, future oriented, or change oriented can give one the space to connect with themselves and reconsider their identity in relation to society.

 

In hopes of creating a future we desire, we also encourage reflection on human consumption and materialism; and awareness of as well as relationship to media and the news. Furthermore, the project has the potential to take new directions and dimensions depending on the interests and creativity of those involved.[2]

 

STRUCTURE

We are in the process of developing a thought-provoking structured set of questions that are brought to people informally in the streets or arranged in the studio. The questions are focused, but leave room for unpredictable responses that make interviews both exciting and serious. Additionally, we are developing a well-structured web site.

 

The following questions and topics are examples of hyperlinks that can be clicked in order to listen to a series of 5-30 interviews from the streets of Cyprus.

 

Examples of questions posed up to this point:

I believe…

If I could change one thing about Cyprus it would be…

If I had one million Cypriot Pounds I would…

In the year 2025 Nicosia will be… Cyprus will be… … Europe will be… the Middle East will be… Africa will be… the US will be… the world will be…  

If I woke up tomorrow and the UN peacekeeping troops were gone, my first reaction would be…

 

Examples of topics posed and those possible:

Island-wide cooperation

Interviews with individuals who were involved in the bi-communal youth movement and how their involvement has affected their lives

European Union related

Mothers interview their daughters

Grandchildren interview their grandparents

When was the first time you crossed the buffer-zone after 1974?

Growing up, what were things you were encouraged to believe about people of your cultural heritage?

 

 

The website could easily include an interactive map (“Cyprus Stories on the Road” and for other countries if funded) through which visitors can click on different areas of the island/country to hear audio from those locations.

 

 

 

UNDERLYING GOALS

Stories in Cyberland believes that in order to learn we must listen.[3] Dedicated to the values of peace journalism, we believe there is great value in both sharing oneself through radio as well as listening to others tell their stories and opinions.

 

Audio recorded by the project is accessible online and cross referenced through the project’s website, boosting the impact of the project. With the additional feed in mechanism to Talk of the Island Online Radio, the opinions shared through the project will be able to reach a wider audience.

 

Further, it is our high priority to structure the web site in such a way that new interviews can be inserted easily or even on the fly by visitors directly from their computer. A computer technician[4] for the Future Worlds Center is familiar with a type of software called Mambo, which is a very powerful content management system, which can be used to carry out this goal.



[1] This portion needs development and will benefit from your contributions.

[2] This is where you come in!!

[3] See Benjamin Broome’s “Building Brides Across the Green Line” for a deeper discussion of this concept. [I have placed a copy of this booklet in the second drawer with other paper documents.]

[4] Check with Vipar if she has any free time…

 
 
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