Through the Serial podcasts, we heard various narrative perspectives and points of view. From the start, Serial portrayed multiple sides of the story, including Sarah’s, who was one of the producers. What made Serial so persuasive was that it told a story through someone else who was trying to figure out the facts, and displaying those facts through the podcast. Most of the time, you read an article, or view a case on the news, and you absorb the information second hand. Being able to listen to both sides from their mouths had an effect on how we perceived the suspects in the case. How they told their stories, such as tone of voice, created a sense of truth.
One very persuasive aspect of Serial was the storytelling. We often hear stories about crime tilted in favor of the storyteller. The story is set up from the beginning with an assumption of guilt on one side. In Serial, although Adnan is in jail and thus presumed guilty, Sarah told the story impartially. We were persuaded into thinking that Adnan was guilty because his friend was supposedly there, and vouched he was a witness at the time. It changed when we heard Adnan speak on his view of that day. He was adamant, and as Sarah specified, that he “flat out, did not do it.” He was confident and sincere in his delivery. Another persuasive aspect was the people who came to his defense. They portrayed him as well-rounded, and too occupied with his life to make such an erroneous decision. His family and friends testified that he was religious, played sports, and got good grades.
Through Sarah, the listener took a journey through the events that led to and followed Hae’s murder. She included a great deal of comments from people who knew those involved in the story. This is something crime stories rarely share with us: an impartial view. With Serial, the opinions and comments were mixed, and they were from so many sources that they felt impartial. Although persuasiveness can be a good thing, it can change the truth of what might have really happened. Serial had many aspects of truth and points of view, so that it was easy to be persuaded by each person who took part in the story.