My friend, Shannon Murphy, just sent me the link to Shot by Shot.
Shot by Shot: http://shotbyshot.org/
You’ve already heard a bit about my story with pertussis (whooping cough). Believe it or not, it is still happening. Last week, one of the medical librarians I work with told me she knew she didn’t have whooping cough because her cough didn’t make that characteristic whooping sound (which is one of the biggest myths associated with the disease). It turned out she caught her cold from her toddler daughter, and her daughter also doesn’t have the “whoop,” which is much more relevant than whether the mom does or not. Countless times this past winter, after I recovered from my bout with pertussis, I heard people on the bus with the irritating insuppressible tickle-in-the-back-of-the-throat cough that says to me “adult with pertussis.” What are you going to do at that point? Everyone on the bus has been exposed already, and they don’t know it any more than the person with the cough knows it. Who is on their way to work, where they will expose the rest of the people they know. The public health department has already announced that we are the center of an epidemic of whooping cough, but everyone believes their vaccine or the neighbors’ vaccines are up to date and they are safe. But they aren’t.
Shot By Shot is a brilliant application of digital storytelling to this issue. They literally have collected stories and videos from around the world, in different countries and cultures, all looking at the lives of people who could have been safe, and should have been, just like the people riding the bus with me last winter. Here is one of those stories, a young woman who came down with whooping cough just before she delivered her baby, but she didn’t know she had whooping cough.
You can find many more stories at the Shot By Shot website, or in their Youtube channel. While you check them out, think about other ways in which people’s lives could be changed or saved by digital storytelling.