But whether she’s in the classroom or out with Deep kids in Savannah, listening to stories of the homeless as part of a lesson in community building, Dr. DeYoung’s philosophy remains the same: “I want my students to think critically about the world around them. I’m not teaching them about a bunch of dead white guys. Instead, I want them to apply what they learn in the classroom to everyday life.”
That’s why, in class, Dr. DeYoung’s students are analyzing, deconstructing, and critiquing the news. And why they’re playing video games to study how choices can change narratives. She wants them to see things differently: That news narratives are ever-evolving from platform to platform. And that video games (and other media, like reality TV) are a new form of storytelling.