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What is interactivity for? the social dimension of web-documentary participation


Nash, K, What is interactivity for? the social dimension of web-documentary participation, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, 28, (3) pp. 383-395. ISSN 1030-4312 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/10304312.2014.893995


Documentary has been so closely associated with the mediums of film and television that the emergence of new forms of documentary, made for computerized mediums such as the Internet, mobile phones and tablets appear fundamentally transformative. The potential for audiences to interact with documentary in various ways is at the heart of what makes these new modes of documentary distinctive; audiences are potentially able to engage in a range of practices from navigating virtual environments, to choosing video content from a database, taking part in chat sessions and creating content. Engaging theoretically with these emerging audience practices raises questions about authorship and the social impact of documentary. In this paper, interactivity and participation are considered from a social perspective. It is suggested that there is a need to distinguish between user actions that impact on the documentary text and the ability of users to engage with others through documentary. The concept of documentary voice is interrogated to reveal two distinct dimensions: voice-as-authorship and voice-as-social participation. Drawing on documentary and digital media scholarship, this paper explores the social functions of documentary interactivity and participation with reference to a range of web-documentary examples. © 2014 Taylor and Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Nash, K (Dr Kate Nash)
ID Code:98004
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-01-27
Last Modified:2015-05-06

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