The audio slideshow I analyzed is called Protect the Herd and it is about a 6 year old boy named Rhett Krawitt who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was two years old. With his leukemia in remission, Rhett is excited to go back to school, however, his family is concerned about herd immunity.
Many kids at Rhett’s school were not getting tested for the measles and in order to be affected, 95% of the class has to get the vaccine to keep them all safe from the measles. Rhett cannot get the vaccine because his immune system is too weak, so he needs his classmates to protect him.
I was really affected by this audio slideshow. I became very empathetic towards Rhett and his condition.
The slideshow started with Rhett playing outside with what appeared to be his sister. He was happy, enjoying his life and you would not have expected that he had leukemia.
There was also a small clip of Rhett talking about having leukemia. I felt this added a special touch to the story because as an audience member, I actually got to see Rhett, his body language and could infer his true feelings about having leukemia.
The music that was played in the background complimented the slideshow very well and each picture flowed nicely into the next.
The images displayed during this slideshow went well with what Ben Hall, the creator of the slideshow was discussing. It started with a cute picture of Rhett smiling in front of a sign that said, “WELCOME! Mrs. Ritola Room1” and during this picture, Hall was talking about how Rhett was ready to go back to school.
The next picture was a picture of Rhett in the hospital bed as an infant with multiple tubes connected to him. Though this picture was sad to see, I do believe that it was necessary to put in this in the slideshow so that the audience can be even more empathetic and understanding and what Rhett has had to go through at such a young age.
There were charts and graphs of data about measles cases in the United States in the year of 2015 as well as data on school immunization exemptions in 2015 that exempts students from having to be vaccinated for the measles.
The only criticism I would give for this slideshow is that it ended abruptly and it seemed like there should have been just a little bit more for Hall to say to signal the end of the slideshow was approaching. This works as an audio slideshow story because it’s short, sweet to the point, but not so much too where I left feeling lost about the subject.
The information about the measles was the most important part and it was smart to have still pictures instead of video because an audience could’ve gotten distracted from the central idea of the slideshow.
The most important news value would be impact. The whole point of the slideshow was for people to understand the seriousness of children not getting vaccinated for the measles and how poorly that can affect just one person. It’s not just about one person, but about “protecting the herd”.