What do audiences actually do with interactive documentary and how do their actions contribute to the process of meaning making? This paper presents the results of a study of user responses to the web-documentary Bear 71. Arguing that interaction and interpretation are interconnected, a methodology for interactive documentary reception study is proposed. The research considers how users structure their interaction, producing a specific audio-visual sequence by deploying interactive/interpretive strategies. The activity of the user in structuring their interaction is considered, as is the role of the text/author in promoting specific patterns of engagement. Finally, the pleasures of interactive documentary are considered.
Nash, K. (2014) “Strategies of interaction, questions of meaning: An audience study of the NFBs Bear 71”. In: Studies in Documentary Film Vol 8 Issue 3, Pp. 221—234, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2014.958904
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