I attended Jason Mittell's talk on "The Case of Television Storytelling in the Digital Era" on Saturday. He spoke about how the nature of television shows is changing from a more passive medium to a more interactive one. This is what I am writing my midterm project on, so it was very interesting to me. Mittell spoke about the need for "storyworld consistency", which means that shows have to avoid contradictions and hold the storyline together. Mittell argues that this is increasingly important because viewers are becoming more and more involved with the shows they watch.
I've been taking this class for five weeks now, but I think I've only really now begun to understand what "new media" really is. Initially I though new media was the internet and technology. New media was Facebook, the itunes store, youtube, and basically any other technology that allowed us to interact with machines and each other, or conveyed information. I though that in the class we would be covering only this topic. In retrospect that would have been a fairly limited subject.
Let me just say that I really enjoyed Borges' "The Garden of Forking Paths;" it is one of the best stories I have read for awhile. What is most fascinating to me is the idea of the story contained within a story, continuing to an almost infinite degree. The short story itself begins with the statement "an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British divisions-- had to be postponed until the morning of the 29th." That story, seemingly tediously boring, when investigated yields the thrilling story of Dr. Yu Tsun, English Professor and German spy.
this class has made me much more internet versatile. at first i only used to check my mail..news ...and watch a couple of videos...now..i enter new dimensions through links and interact through blogs...cool
From "The Language of New Media"
...the computer media revolution affects all stages of communication, including acquisition, manipulation, storage, and distribution; it also affects all types of media --- texts, still images, moving images, sound, and spatial constructions.
I think this statement can help clear up a lot of the ideas we went through during class. Especially the idea of what art is.