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Tracking the evolution of narrative under the new light of technology.
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Dim Sum Warriors

Dim Sum Warriors | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
An innovative digital comic book series for the iPad that supports the learning of Mandarin Chinese and English. A Yen Yen Woo & Colin Goh project.

 

"Read a comic, learn a language" - fantastic. 


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Writer Elliott Holt Does TwitFic the Right Way

Writer Elliott Holt Does TwitFic the Right Way | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
People have been writing fiction on Twitter for a while now, but the results have largely been uninspiring. Consider “Black Box,” a short story by Jennifer Egan that The New Yorker tweeted out, one tweet per hour, for 10 nights in May.
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Broad Strokes: Coloring Canon Outside the Lines

Broad Strokes: Coloring Canon Outside the Lines | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

"A better use for transmedia is in an area that games are the worst at: propagating backstory and exposition. Portal gave you context brilliantly in-game with environmental storytelling - posters, bloody handprints, abandoned coffee mugs. But in general, the narrative of a game is told much less subtly than that. We have libraries full of history books, awkward NPC monologues, and the same information duplicated by every other NPC. The quest formula and cut scenes. These tools are often used to carry the entire payload of story in a game, and they create a serious friction problem."

 

Absolutely correct--and it leads me to another leap in insight, which is that films are nearly as awkward a fit for backstory as games. Screenwriting emphasizes forward motion of the plot--rightfully so. Films with too much exposition are difficult to sit through. 

 

Good insights in this article.

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How the Gutenberg Press Embodies Combinatorial Creativity

How the Gutenberg Press Embodies Combinatorial Creativity | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

An earlier narrative technology, and a perspective upon the innovation behind its germination.

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Storytelling is Engagement

Storytelling is Engagement | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

There have been a series of media cropping up lately which stress the phenomenological aspects of transmedia storytelling. Ostensibly, the web has allowed each of us to collaborate in the stories of those we network with, stories which we consume as we contribute to them, and this process leads to a matured appreciation of subjective experience relative to authorial intent. 

 

I'm not sure I buy that this is a paradigm shift, so much as it is a defamiliarization. As a society, we have always stressed "active" listening, for instance, but perhaps the idea has abstracted over time. Now, we can enter comments at the bottom of a YouTube page while we are listening to a new song by OK Go!, in response to another listener who has done the same thing, and along with the elaborately filmed setpieces that are a trademark of OK Go! and, of course, their music, are our comments now a meta-layer grafting upon the features of their project. 

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Transom » Cowbird

Transom » Cowbird | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Annie Correal of Cowbird makes a good argument for using their product. I fell out of using Cowbird when they updated their site and membership functions, but...well, maybe I want to jump back in.

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BuddyPress & Open Education

Unexpected titillation in this slideshare covering the burgeoning relationship, complete with complications, between buddypress and open education.

 

My favorite points concern the merger of the communities behind these two forces - the education geeks and the tech geeks. 

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Transmedia World-Building | GeekDad | Wired.com

Transmedia World-Building | GeekDad | Wired.com | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Examples of and brief treatments upon transmedial stories which focus on what Wecks calls "world building." The key aspect of world building, transmedial projects seems to be continuity of world. IE, the Star Wars franchise's gargantuan canon, comprised of books, comics, videos, videogames, LARPing...that is an example of transmedial world building.

 

But Star Wars transmedia is mostly unconscious, in that the medias do not communicate in real time with each other and discontinuities/contradictions in canon proliferate. KOTOR is less an extension of the SW books universe than it is a parallel universe.

 

But these projects heft transmedia consciously. Though different media may access different characters in different storylines, those storylines are all connected to make up one comprehensive world. As in the example of Defiance, a new show AND new MMORPG coming out of Syfy next year, what happens in the game will effect the show, and vice versa (even though characters will not be shared between the two). 

 

Of the examples, Defiance seems to be the most ambitious both financially and administratively. It's exciting to see money thrown at new things, sure. However:

 

It is easy to be excited about concept; we'll see what the execution looks like. 

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NYFF: Inside the Transmedia Buzz

NYFF: Inside the Transmedia Buzz | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Reading this, i wonder if the lack of definition for what transmedia storytelling is may be its greatest asset.

 

The article covers the 50th annual New York Film Festival, in which a greater emphasis was placed on transmedia (webisodes which accompany syndicated television series, etc.).

 

Quotes from some influential players in 30 Rock, the Walking Dead, and others. 

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ARART - New stories with AR

ARART - New stories with AR | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Created by Kei Shiratori, Takeshi Mukai and Younghyo Bak, ARART is an application that breathes life into objects or more specifically well-known art...
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Seven Poets and the Assassin's Secret: a real-time iOS story

Really ambitious digital story, incorporating everything from (fictional) real-time serialization, collaboration...looks promising.

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Knighttime

Knighttime | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Transmedia, combinatorial blog-fiction that incorporates audio, video, images, text, all while directly employing the social corona with a meta element that I'm just beginning to surf (facebook, twitter, etc). Really rich and well done...

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Seeking Transcendence: Demystifying Transmedia for Game Developers

Guidance for the future of transmedia film/game projects. Thoughtful digressions on the future of transmedia in general.

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Log In on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

Log In on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Our new podcast on transmedia and education.

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The Modern Story

The Modern Story | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

"The Modern Story is a not-for-profit organization that bridges the technological and narrative divide by introducing digital skills and storytelling practices to youth and educators around the world."

 

Cool mission, with a pretty face on the web. Am curious (have been for some time) how viable it is for non-profits to drum up excitement for their causes using digital storytelling.

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Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit!

Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit! | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Sandra Gaudenzi:  "As transmedia is becoming a “must know of” for any digital producer, Dr Siobhan O’Flynn and Anthea Foyer have decided to make our life easier and to put all we need to know about it into one single place" ...


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Speaking in Memes – The New Inquiry

Speaking in Memes – The New Inquiry | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

A fantastic treatment on the characteristics of memes, focusing on memes in the political arena...

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Childrens' Education Has Stagnated. Transmedia May Be the Catalyst for Change - Techvibes.com

Childrens' Education Has Stagnated. Transmedia May Be the Catalyst for Change - Techvibes.com | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Check out the game Gray mentions: Time Tribe. I don't think it puts any new twists on the popular concept of transmedia, necessarily, but the execution is stellar.

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Twitter announces first ever Twitter Fiction Festival

Twitter announces first ever Twitter Fiction Festival | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Twitter Fiction Festival to spur the mutation of storytelling. 

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Transmedia: Platform Agnostic Storytelling | Jason Konopinski - Write. Think. Do.

Transmedia: Platform Agnostic Storytelling | Jason Konopinski - Write. Think. Do. | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
"It transcends a single medium by taking the notion of breaking up a narrative arc into multiple discrete chunks or installments and spreading those disparate ideas or story chunks across multiple media platforms.

 

...Heroes on NBC is often cited as a great pop-culture example of transmedia in practice.

 

Mimicking the aesthetic style and storytelling conventions of American comic books (using multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc), the series used digital technologies to deepen the audience experience and carry the story through various mediums, ultimately making the characters more compelling and memorable.

 

A digital web series, Heroes 360 Experience, was created to explore the Heroes universe and build the show’s mythology. Other official Heroes media included print publications, action figures, tie-in and interactive websites, and a mobile game.


NBC Digital Entertainment released a series of online content in 2008, including more original web content, wireless iTV interactivity, graphic novels available for mobile viewing, and webisodes.


In a promotion called Create Your Hero (sponsored by Sprint), fans were called on to vote on personality and physical attributes for the creation of a new hero character for an original, live-action series that ran on NBC.com.


The result: A brand franchise that tells a much richer story than the primary text upon which the brand was built...."

 


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Google Cultural Institute

Google creates a visual, audio, textual feast for the senses covering cultural events of the previous six decades. Simply stunning.

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History of Creation, Curation, Circulation and Consumption [Infographic]

History of Creation, Curation, Circulation and Consumption [Infographic] | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Graphical presentation of content curation, circulation and consumption.


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Planets

Planets | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Edcanvas is introducing a presentation element to a curation platform that lies somewhere betwen Learni.st and Storify. They're young, yet, but here is an example of an edcanvas which I thought portrayed what the platform has to offer decently well.

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