When comparing what I took out of the Assignment #1 #12YearsASlave with the reading assignment of Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup as far as learning about the topic, there really is no comparison. They both offered me completley different ideas and perspectives, while reading the narrative offered me an uncountable amount of more information. From the #12YearsASlave hashtag, I was only able to take out a small bit of information. Most of this information consisted of either reviews from random tumblr members, screen shots of the movie, photos of actors and actresses and their dresses at the Golden Globes, or pictures of movie goers and their ticket stubs. After looking through all that the #12YearsASlave hastag had to offer, I was able to figure out the significance of the Golden Globe photos - that the movie had won Best Picture which is an amazing feat. Other than this information and the photos which were quite interesting to scroll through, I didn’t learn much of anything about the life of Northup.
On the other hand, reading the very long and descriptive narrative of Northup offered me countless bits of information about the story of Northup’s life before capture, his capture itself, his awful journey in bondage, and his rescue and how it happend. I was able to access so much more information about the people and occurrences in the life of Northup. His emotions, thoughts, dialogues - just a vast amount of information that was very intriguing. Before reading the narrative or the summaries and other readings of this course, I had a previously learned somewhat of Northup’s story in my HST 202 course last semester. I knew the outline of what he went through. But reading the full narrative (though very long) was incredibly different then just knowing the basics of his story, or even the events. The narrative offered so much more. It was a very interesting read.
The publishing platform has a very large impact on what and how I learned Northup’s story for a few different reasons. One is reliability and credibility of the source. Using social media to gain information on Northup’s story isn’t the most reliable way to learn because anyone can post information. Thus, the information may not be accurate. When reading a newspaper article, a online periodical post, or a video clip (all of which we accessed in the past week that offered information on Northup), the sources become more concise and trustworthy. When it comes to the primary source of information that the narrative offered, there is no comparison to the other sources on credibility. Another difference that the different publishing platforms offer is the type of information and the amount of information on a certain topic. As mentioned above, tumblr only offered me a few specific types of information on Northup (mostly dealing with the Movie), as well as a short amount of accessible links or information. The narrative took me from his life as a free man of color, through his trials in bondage, back to his life after his rescue - with a mass of information within.
All in all, I was able to take receive way more information about Solomon Northup reading his narrative than using social media.