Category Archives: Narratives

StoryWorld Conference 2012 Coming Soon!

So I just got a really awesome email from my advisor about StoryWorld Conference 2012. Here is a link if you want to check it out, which you should because it is awesome! It’s a transmedia conference which is just so up my alley, I just can’t even tell you. It’s in October in Hollywood, California, and I can’t emphasize enough how much I really want to go. Maybe I could go as a grad student. Who knows. Anyways, check out the event information. The description of the event says, “At this must-attend transmedia conference, you’ll learn the craft of developing a cohesive, organic story universe, straight from masters like Elan Lee, director of the world’s first alternate reality game; Alison Norrington, creator of StoryCentralDIGITAL, and media psychologist Pamela Rutledge, an expert on the importance of play.”

HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

A lot of transmedia storytellers are going to be there, and the one that I’m most excited about is Elan Lee, who was a co-designer of The Beast and now has his own game design company, Fourth Wall Studios.

Anyways, check it out, and if anyone is going, let me know!

Chuck Klosterman and Narrative

Yesterday, I had the extreme privilege to meet and speak with author Chuck Klosterman, who has written things such as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and The Visible Man. I’ll

Chuck Klosterman

have to say, he was pretty much exactly how he is in his books. Down to earth, very funny, and very conversational. Klosterman was in San Antonio at Trinity to give a lecture on pop culture and reality. It was really fascinating and it’s got me itching to ditch my homework and read all of his books. I thought that some of the things that he spoke about related quite nicely not necessarily to ARGs, but certainly to the idea of storytelling and media and technology, and how storytelling and narratives are changing with new media.

He talked a lot about television narratives and how television is at its peak– television has never been as good as it is right now. We had shows like Lost and right now we have really fantastic “high end” television shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and other AMC and HBO shows. He discussed how the way that television shows are structured, they allow for such depth and right now that is being taken advantage of in these “high end” television shows, shows that have the ability to spend more time on their characters and plots than say network television shows (even though shows like Lost did prove that was possible). Because television can show the subtle, slow character development due to its long, drawn out nature, television shows are replacing reading, especially reading deep literary fiction. This is a new storytelling medium that is finally being capitalized on. Television in the 70s and 80s was something to simply just be watched to pass the time; it has now evolved into this must watch phenomenon, where if you miss an episode, you actually catch up with it. Continue reading