For some time, those who own a tablet may have happened to come across an iPad documentary or touch doc, that is interactive documentaries made exclusively for the iPad or more generally for the tablet.
The touch doc is a new form of documentary that takes the definition of the technical means through which it is distributed and received.
The strengths of the touch doc are inspired by the combination of various techniques of visualization and interaction.
Julia Scott-Stevenson defines it in this way:
"The doc touch as a form is described on perhaps as somewhere between an interactive documentary and a magazine article (...)
It can still embed images, soundscapes, audio interviews, video, text, maps and data visualisations".
In words does not seem to be very different from the extras of the "old" DVD.
Or it can also be a real APP that is activated with the touch to show analysis, extra video and satellite mapping, as in the case of "How to Start a Revolution" or "Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box" the latter is also available on iTunes
Examples of touch doc:
- How to Start a Revolution (here linked)
- Top 5 of our Favorite Things: iPad Documentaries - Submarine Channel (http://bit.ly/NA6stF)
1. Rape in Congo: Peace Violated,
2. Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box,
3. Manaus: The Great Move,
4. Keep on Steppin '
5. Condition One
For a close examination:
Welcome the touch doc by Julia Scott-Stevenson
Also useful the explanation offered by the authors of Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box