New direction in narrative

#1. Reflection of digital narrative

When I read the name of this course “new directions in narrative”,
I felt that it is kinds of storytelling, and also i do not have any idea about this. It is useful that I read the lecture blog before class, because it gives the definition about course.
So what is a “digital narrative”? It shows your story through technical ways, such as blogs, interactive videos.
But I still not clear about story and narrative, it is about storytelling or the way how to show story.
The lecture blog has clear comparing between story and narrative.
Story is about what time, where and what happens, and we need events, actors, time and place in a story.
Narrative is a way to telling story and showing the process of story’s happen. It includes ordering, pace, localization, narrator and text.
The classic linear narrative is that start with setup and conflict to drive the narrative. The characters provide context and lead the whole story develop, which include protagonist who is main character and drive the story’s action, and antagonist who is an opponent to the main character. Next, there is turning point where is a change and no return. Then, it is a series of crises, which is important to rise the level of tension and emotion, which rising action reaches peak of the story. After climax, the outcome is comes, where the traditional “happy ending” of the Hollywood movie.
Digital narratives can be in form an app, a video game, a website, a podcast, a webisode, an interactive television show, or a participatory, responsive art installation.
As Remediation: understanding new media mentions that digital media is borrow form and refashion older media. it means that digital media is more humans and more flexibility. for instance, people can choose the ending in interactive video.
The elements of digital media is: 1. Numerically coded (digitally represented) – old media forms such as image can liberated from paper showing via internet. 2. Modular – a new media object composed of many different modules, which is independent and modified or change each of those. 3. Variable – digital media is variability, for example, modules can reconstructed a new media. 4. Programmable/ Automated – digital narratives can programmable, such as changing color of a video file. Also, automated. It already edit in system, such as we use a role in the game, we can use their skill to help you play games. 5. Participatory – people can participate digital media to increase interactive.
After reading those information, I already know about what digital media is. It is new media form, and it include many kinds of forms, which is more humans and flexible, people can participate and use it. But I still need to work on it, because I can not limited in definition.
Bolter, J. D. 2007. Remediation and the language of new media. Northern Lights, 5, 1-13.

One thought on “#1. Reflection of digital narrative

  1. Lovely reflection after you analyzing the differences between the story and narrative, one is about what happens and another is about the way it is told. And also I learn the elements of digital media from you, but I felt a little bit confused about the element of variable and programmable. Why module can reconstructed a new media? What does the module exactly mean? Like the word ‘variable’, is it means that digital media is multiple and easier to change by using some strategies? Also, I believe that users can make themselves immersing into the program and interacting with it, which is the characteristic of programmable, is just my understanding.I didn’t know that whether is right or not. Anyway, really thanks for your refelction.


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