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Goa Hippy Tribe: Theorising Documentary Content on a Social Network Site


Nash, K, Goa Hippy Tribe: Theorising Documentary Content on a Social Network Site, Media International Australia, (142) pp. 30-40. ISSN 1329-878X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X1214200105


In the 1970s, a wave of young Western hippies descended on the beaches of Goa in India. Forty years later, some of them reconnected on the social network site Facebook and planned a reunion. This event, and the Goan hippy community then and now, are the subjects of a documentary called Goa Hippy Tribe, produced by Australian documentary maker Darius Devas. Funded by Screen Australia, SBS and Screen New South Wales, Goa Hippy Tribe is the first Australian documentary to be produced for the social network site Facebook. In this article, I consider how documentary in a social network context might be theorised. While the concept of the database narrative is most often invoked to explain user interactivity in online documentary, social networks such as Facebook invite different forms of interaction, and therefore raise distinct theoretical questions. In particular, Goa Hippy Tribe demonstrates the potential for the audience to engage creatively and communally with documentary.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Screen and digital media not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Nash, K (Dr Kate Nash)
ID Code:79260
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2012-08-29
Last Modified:2017-01-11
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