In respect to watching your favorite show on television, there is no such thing as “passively,” watching anything these days. Along with the internet and the active interfaces being advertised along with your favorite mini series of television shows, there is now further opportunities to explore your favorite plot lines, stories and characters through various forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Tumbler and so many more that have yet to be created!
What’s so hot about digital story telling?
With respect to this weeks required article Bryan Alexander’s Web 2.0 Telling Story, the idea of how a digital venue encourages multiple doors to be opened. In respect to The Wire take for example the current course that we are in. If you watched our Professor’s video this week for our Weekly Assingment #3, he explains how story telling is not simply limited to one medium, not just television but can stretch to various other social media platforms such as The Wire Facebook.
Preservation in Time:
When we think about time as being linear meaning we can only got back or forward we limit ourselves to a stoic imagination. In terms of digital story telling
If we stop to take a look at the Wire Facebook page , you can see one striking detail the idea that discourse and discussion on the show is still going on! For example the post :
Not only is the Wire Facebook page an avenue where people can continue to talk about the show way long after shooting for the final Wire season had concluded but it allows fans of the show to relive and revisit some of the more memorable characters. But it provides answers and access to what one of our favorite characters and the actors who play them such as Omar’s (Michael K. Williams):
In this post, the author references Michael K. Williams current acting stint as the African American 1920’s organized crime gangster Chalky White @BoardwalkEmpire.
This type of immortalization of a character also takes place in digital story telling. As Bryan Alexander points out such mediums can allow you to revisit a story (Alexander 61) as much as it allows you to see it rapidly unfolding in a “live,” story mode such as in sporadic short centered tweets on Twitter.
Ultimately, I believe Alexander’s analysis of digital story telling is prophetic in that not only are we noticing how we interact with our favorite episodes of shows i.e. after we watch we tweet about it and share analyses of plot themes etc. but we have learned to view such shows, themes and plots down to a science. Thus bringing me to the conclusion that digital story telling helps create a world outside of the fictionalized one we already knew. Just as Alexander states in his blog it allows us to interact more with the characters and gain a fuller and more functional grasp of the plot line, themes and helps generate active discussions.