Transmedia Further Reflections note 3

Transmedia Further Reflections note 3 - So weve seen...

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So, we’ve seen American television evolve over time between highly episodic structures (more or less self-contained) to much more heavily serialized structures. Most shows, though, combine elements of the episodic (a procedural plot which can be wrapped up in a single episode) and the serial (an evolving character relationship, an unfolding mythology, a larger plot within which the individual episodes work as chapters.) The shift towards seriality on American television plays a large role in preparing audiences for transmedia storytelling. Most transmedia stories are highly serial in structure, but not all serials are transmedia. So, Bones, say, is a partially serialized drama which, for the most part, remains within a single medium. But we can think of examples where there is a movement across texts or across textual structures within the same medium. I describe this in terms of “radical intertextuality.” So, for example, the DC and Marvel universes create dozens of titles which are seen as inter-related. Characters move between them. Plots unfold across them. Periodically, they may
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  • Fall '13
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  • Television network, Television program, Episode, Transmedia, Miniseries

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