somerled (somerled) wrote in t_g_c,

Summertime Freedoms

Hi Gorgons! I know a lot of you are academics. With the busy teaching semesters done for the academic year, let's hear what writing, artistic, or other projects you have going!

I'm also curious what you think of transmedial narratives, ones that span multiple web-based communities and media, with or without a single major plotline or timeline. What are the best examples of them you know, and would you consider working with those freedoms?
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I'm very interested to hear what other folks say of the transmedial stuff. I have not worked in this myself but find it fascinating. I'm taking a podcasting training seminar set, and am looking into curriculum development across multiple technologies. So.

(I guess that wasn't outside of academia tho, it is so hard to put that down even for the summer!)
I just gave a seminar on it for master's students. I haven't got very coherent notes just yet, but am compiling them. I could show you if you like.
Do you include fandom in transmedial narratives? Or role playing games?
I would potentially include them. Especially in instances where you can see the narrative expanding into different media, or where the role play is part of building out a virtual world.
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One good example of a transmedial narrative would be The Matrix, where the video game filled in details and plot lines skipped over in the movies. You could also consider any role playing game based on an established universe like Star Wars or Star Trek to be transmedial. They depend on the movies/TV shows as canon, but build on it. In Star Wars, we have Shadows of the Empire that even spawned a soundtrack.

I guess it depends on how far you want to take this. Does slash fiction count? How about discussion boards or academic conferences? Larry Niven's Ringworld series gathered a huge following; when one fan mentioned to Niven that the Ringworld as he described it was unstable, Niven wrote in the fix for it in his next book. Does that count more than simple fan discussion and fiction of whatever media that does not influence the original source?