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Tracking the evolution of narrative under the new light of technology.
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Short sf film about future augmented reality graffiti

Short sf film about future augmented reality graffiti | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Tim Maughan and friends produced a short film based on his excellent story Paintwork, which is about graffiti and augmented reality.
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Cyberpunk gritty story on the future of AR graffiti. Totally rad and well done.

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Gears of War writer Tom Bissell on video games and storytelling

Gears of War writer Tom Bissell on video games and storytelling | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
After writing Gears of War: Judgment, Tom Bissell talks to Maria Bustillos about the potentialities of video games as literature, as well as its challenges as a storytelling medium.
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I especially appreciate Bissell's distinction between storytelling and narrative gaming; an interesting take on the future of the artistic medium.

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SMS Generator

Just in case you wanted to create an example of a text conversation between two people (fictional characters, role playing, historical figures, etc.) here is a good tool for you. Create a conversation, get a URL or an embed code. Give the conversation a password so you can edit it later.

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Cool visualization of a pretty universal communication medium. Embeddable, continuously editable, and very easy to use. 

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SXSW: Confusion between stories and narratives for biz

SXSW: Confusion between stories and narratives for biz | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
If you’ve spent any time at all recently reading PR and marketing blogs, you know that storytelling is a top trend, and for good reason.  Building storytelling into the communications mix delivers ...

Via Dr. Karen Dietz, siobhan-o-flynn
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Considering this in light of education...

 

Hagel returns to an evolving distinction between "narrative" and "story," using that distinction to draw attention to the importance of NARRATIVE to political (and private sector) progress. The distinction he and his influences make is thus: 

 

- Stories have a beginning, a middle, and most importantly an end. Stories are told in completion, taking up a relatively static amount of space.

 

- Narratives are perpetually unveiling, fundemental scapes on which we construct our deepest structures of meaning. Examples include: Christianity, Americanism, Apple (the company)...

 

Hagel uses this distinction to make a political statement about the importance of narrative to political process. Narratives have soured, have become "threat narratives," by which he means that each political party is perceiving the other as a fundamental threat to its own narrative.

 

Bad advertising, so to speak. 

 

I'm curious, mostly, in Hagel's story about how he developed his own, personal narrative. This strikes me as incredibly useful to education, which is increasingly attendant to each student's need to tend to his/her own web identity. 

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Jack Tang's comment, May 9, 2013 2:10 AM
I agree with Kevin that narrative is different with stores. Narrative is more affective way for company to understand the process of what they did wrong or right. In the other side, stories are just to tell and it is not really interactive to the company.
An, SungBin's comment, May 9, 2013 10:43 PM
I agree with the article, any company can have their own stories. However, it is hard to get attention by the customers in these days. and I think the narrative has more powerful influences then a just stories. of course, it depends how you narrate the stories to customers, it might get worse.
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, May 10, 2013 11:31 AM
All of these comments are very interesting and I think some additional points need to be made. First, not all narratives re stories. A report or an essay or a testimonial are all types of narratives and are definitely not stories. A report can have stories within it, but is still a type of narrative. If people understood the DYNAMICS of storytelling they would know that stories continually evolve and are all about engagement. Storytelling is NOT about telling, it's about the co-created experience that happens when people are experiencing the telling and listening at the same time. Stories by their nature are interactive. Can narrative evolve? Sure. But the points made at the conference is setting up a false dichotomy between narratives and stories, which when put into practice, is less relevant. The most important piece to pay attention to is the engagement and evolving nature of stories. Saying stories end and narratives don't is silly and not true.
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Google Experiment Creates Web Magic for 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

Google Experiment Creates Web Magic for 'Oz the Great and Powerful' | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

From music to live theatre and major motion pictures, the web is providing a new and unique platform for storytellers. "Find Your Way to Oz" represents an amazing collaboration and intersection between entertainment and technology. It allowed Disney to create an engaging experience with their film that was immersive and entertaining.

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Rich, immersive, fun, beautiful...especially the music-making portion of this, reminds me of how fun and story and lore (is there a write-up on lore?) can drive learning.

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Storyplanet

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Very promising functionality in this storytelling software, including:

 

- Ease of entry

- Embedd-ability

- Looks like it will continue to get better

 

I've signed up for the Beta. Will keep apprised.

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Exclusive: Jay Bushman on transmedia in 'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries'

Exclusive: Jay Bushman on transmedia in 'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries' | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
The third in our series of Lizzie Bennet Diaries interviews (following Ashley Clements and Mary Kate WIles), with Jay Bushman, The LBD transmedia producer.
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For those who saw my spiel on the 'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,' an interview with one of the writers.

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What Transmedia Producers Should Know About Comics: An Interview with Tyler Weaver (Part One)

What Transmedia Producers Should Know About Comics: An Interview with Tyler Weaver (Part One) | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
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Good arguments for transmedia storytelling from the comics perspective of Tyler Weaver; SUPER interesting take on the seriality of transmedia, the ways in which it can change how we experience time within a story...and he continues. 

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Storytelling Illustrations Show the Beauty of Childhood

Storytelling Illustrations Show the Beauty of Childhood | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Durban, South-Africa based illustrator Colwyn Thomas creates some of the most beautiful illustrations of childhood we've ever seen. He begins each design as a pencil drawing and then converts it into vector lines. Finally, he adds colors in Photoshop, using scanned in textures such as coffee stains or various papers until he achieves his desired look.

 

The first illustration in this post is called The Whale. When asked by Empty Kingdom what he wanted its viewers to take away from it he said, "The relationship between the wild and man is an important one for me. I occasionally work as a guide in a big five wilderness area and there are encounters one has there, with the game, with the place itself, that give me a clear sense of being something other than human. As if there was something to define ourselves as first, before we classified ourselves as human. There’s such wonder and humility in finding your self a part of the world as opposed to an observer of it. So in The Whale it’s not so much a whale and a little human making separate observations of one another, but two…creatures sharing a moment."

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:57 AM

Gorgeous illustrations. Love how the mood is set through the color.

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A Stunning Video Game That Spurns The Medium’s Assumptions

A Stunning Video Game That Spurns The Medium’s Assumptions | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Bientôt l’Été, a new title from the independent studio Tale of Tales, is as slight at it is sublime.
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I am immediately critical, and secretly enthralled, when engaged with minimalism of such experimental extremes. Ultimately, is something like this good for the medium simply for being different? Or is there something else as well. 

 

I need to check out the designer's blog; there is probably richness there.

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A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe

A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
There’s so much we know that we’ll never see. We can extrapolate the concept of the Big Bang--the explosion of everything in the universe from a focused point.
So projects like Beginning, an animation by Grzegorz Nowiński from Novina Studio, are remarkably important. It tells a sort of good parts version of the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the rise of humankind. Not only is the piece pure visual delight filled with stark textures and fine particle effects that look particularly stunning when projected on water, Beginning is a grounding piece of context--somewhat imagined, sure--but the sort of imagined thing that very much centers our perspective of reality. The average person sort of knows what the Big Bang looked like because of projects like this one, even if Beginning is far more stylized than photoreal.
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Lauren Moss's curator insight, December 17, 2012 8:44 PM

This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, December 18, 2012 3:37 AM

This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 11:57 AM

A voir absolument avant la fin de l'année 2012 ... Bonne Année 2013

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Symbolia

Symbolia | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Symbolia is a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics. Our goal is to provide an immersive, engaging experience for a new...
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Findery

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Findery makes places come alive.
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Slick geo-journaling tool; just yesterday I told Edie Barbour that I want the whole world geotagged, and Findery seems like an honest effort to in that direction. Slick, easy to use, and embeddable. Reminds me a little of Cowbird in how the Findery user-base combines a single image with, often, a short story about themselves or some poetry. Sometimes plain-jane info, but usually not. The tool allows audio and video as well, but images seem to be the primary means of communication.

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Instructional Design Team | The iTeach Podcast 006 – What defines a MOOC?

Instructional Design Team | The iTeach Podcast 006 – What defines a MOOC? | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
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My non-podcast podcast. Audio corrupted with the sounds of people eating in the background, I was forced to type this one out.

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Soo Meta for Creating Stories and Presentations

Soo Meta for Creating Stories and Presentations | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Soo Meta is a storytelling tool that will help you to collect, sort, edit and publish web content faster and easier than ever before.

 

For educators: Learning and teaching is a lot more fun through visuals. Research and present material with the same tool! Share quickly assembled videos with your class!


Via Baiba Svenca
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Soo Meta has an interesting layout and feature set; I will be using it more in the coming days to see if it is awesome.

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Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, March 20, 2013 3:00 PM

I can see that this would be a great tool for  students to use to curate their information and present it.

Louise B-Johnston's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:37 AM

This looks like a great way to create videos using curated content.

THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:31 AM
Get your content from YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, add pictures and record your voice comments. Soo Meta will create a mixed-media story in minutes. Great free tool for classroom presentations.
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Instructional Design Team | The iTeach Podcast 005 – What is badging? What is gamification?

Instructional Design Team | The iTeach Podcast 005 – What is badging? What is gamification? | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
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Check out our newest podcast - and more to follow from our recent visit to the Alaska Society for Technology in Education conference!

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Traviata: a transmedia art project.

1853. It rains over Paris. A dancing masquerade. The unstoppable path to tragedy. I will paint the greatest love story ever told.
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"Transmedia is about killing Aristotle."

 

This project, an opera/painting/photography/web-hosted/creative-commons extravaganza, has me out of my socks with excitement.

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Understanding Transmedia - How Story World's are Changing the Art of Communication

I recorded a keynote presentation I did on Transmedia. This piece gives a high level and fast paced overview of Transmedia and gives some advice on how to scale…
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A good starting point for people who are not yet speaking the transmedia lingo.

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SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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Check out our talk about online education here!

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Dim Sum Warriors: Comic Book Snacks that Talk Back in Two Languages | PRI's The World

Dim Sum Warriors: Comic Book Snacks that Talk Back in Two Languages | PRI's The World | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
The World's Patrick Cox reports on a bilingual iPad app that's also a comic book. The characters are food snacks that speak English and Chinese, and get into kung fu fights.
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Super cool that the people behind this awesome project are getting so much attention.

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Brooke Sheridan's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:19 PM

More Dim Sum Warriors goodness.

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Building a parallax scrolling storytelling framework | Tutorial

Building a parallax scrolling storytelling framework | Tutorial | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Stevan Živadinović, the brains behind multi-plane side-scroller web comic Hobo Lobo of Hamelin, walks us through the development of the Parallaxer platform and gives a crash course on turning pencil drawings into transparent-background assets...

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, December 18, 2012 4:47 AM

O.K.  This is a very technical article, but fascinating none-the-less.

Vivalist's curator insight, December 18, 2012 5:24 AM

technical article (tutorial) on the challenges of creating Parallax Scrolling web experience out of your usual drawings.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 18, 2012 10:48 PM

Great Idea, would love to try!

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We Are AMBER | News

We Are AMBER | News | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
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Another example of a transmedia project attempting to bleed into the consumer's sense of reality. In this case, the content verges provocatively on propaganda. Is that the ame of AMBER? At the moment, I'm not sure...

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The 10 Coolest Original Digital Comics of 2012

The 10 Coolest Original Digital Comics of 2012 | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
2012 was the year digital-direct comics went mainstream.
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Among other mentions, our friends behind Dim Sum Warriors. YAY!

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