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The interactive documentary during the evolution of the Internet: giving examples of the different phases. Assumptions about the technological future.

  In this post we will close the series called “The evolution of the Internet, key factor for the interactive documentary” including the third part, which will include the conclusion and some possible future scenarios. It’s time to take the field theory to the focus, and see how technology enables a type of interfaces according to their degree of development …

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The evolution of the Internet, key factor for the interactive documentary

In order to focus on the new genre of the interactive documentary, we must examine the evolution of the Internet and its many possibilities in terms of interactive applications. The interactive documentary is a genre that uses various media for display and navigation: on one hand, offline media, and on the other, the online medium par excellence, the Internet. But …

Interactivity technologies, key factor for the interactive documentary

The interactive documentary is a genre that is based on the basis of documentary images but that would not exist without the interactive technology. That is why we consider it appropriate to present this introduction and contextualization that marked the birth of such technologies a few decades ago.The history of interactivity technologies has been extensively studied in the research by …

The docu-game. Towards the immersive mode

The documentary genre is one of the most powerful tools for telling non-fiction stories about reality. Its numerous applications have helped the documentary become a cornerstone of the film industry, ever since the first documentary film Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922), which shows the media’s powerful inclination towards immersing audiences in the lives of other people and places. …

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Research questions and compared methodology to establish a taxonomic study of the interactive documentary

To establish a taxonomic proposal, I propose in this section some possible questions to develop this framework and a methodological approach based on the study of the two components that have enabled the interactive documentary, the documentary genre and the interactive media. The main questions arising from this work and which may provide the basis for the subsequent taxonomic proposal …

Where we come from. Introduction and initial ingredients to build a correct taxonomic proposal

To begin to establish a coherent taxonomic proposal of the the intertactive documentary field, we must first study the process of convergence between two apparently seemingly very different areas of communication, namely the evolution of the documentary genre on one hand, and the emergence of digital media and their rapid expansion in various fields in recent decades, on the other. …

The talented user (users as documentary agents)

The purpose of this post is to nudge discussion on the role of the user in interactive documentaries (i-docs), and specifically to consider what capabilities we might want those users to have. I shall refer to those capabilities as their ‘talents’. And I’ll begin with a suggestion that the key distinction to be made between interactive and non-interactive documentary is …

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Some Thoughts on Social Change through Story-telling

In addition to their obvious contributions to non-fiction narrative media, the unique characteristics of interactive documentary may find another area of usefulness in cultural and social anthropology, especially as paradigm shifts continue to evolve regarding the power relationships between those being “studied” and those who are doing the “studying.” Beginning in the 1960s, traditional techniques for conducting ethnographic field research …

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The i-doc as a relational object

Highrise – multiple bridges into the layers of reality What are i-docs, and why are they more than just documentaries done with digital technologies? You will find all sort of new terminologies that can fit into the i-docs family: webdos, docu-games, collab docs, transmedia docs, cross-media docs… or just interactive documentaries. This can seem all very confusing, but really what …

Interesting ideas on i-docs

Posted by  ARNAU GIFREU  from Universitat Pompeu Fabra-  Universitat De Vic, Spain (2010) Proposal for I-Docs Symposum Blog (Setting the field / Summary) For some time it is producing a process of converging between two communication fields, which are, apparently, very different: the documentary genre and digital media. Although the history of the documentary started half a century before that …