Is Popular Culture Good For You? For You, Is Popular Culture Good? What Is Popular Culture Good For?
Formal Properties of Television Narrative Complexity <ul><li>Interplay between episodic & serial norms </li></ul><ul><li>E...
The Operational Aesthetic <ul><li>Pleasure of process, not just product </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative as machine to be admir...
Why Complexity? Why Now? <ul><li>Industry: Dedicated Quality Audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Technology: Rewatchability, Prec...
 
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Narrative Complexity in American Television

Talk at MIT Communication Forum, Fall 2005
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Technology      Entertainment & Humor      
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Transcripts - Narrative Complexity in American Television

  • 1. Is Popular Culture Good For You? For You, Is Popular Culture Good? What Is Popular Culture Good For?
  • 2. Formal Properties of Television Narrative Complexity <ul><li>Interplay between episodic & serial norms </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental storytelling strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit authorial identity </li></ul><ul><li>Self-conscious & explicit storytelling mechanics </li></ul>
  • 3. The Operational Aesthetic <ul><li>Pleasure of process, not just product </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative as machine to be admired </li></ul><ul><li>Storytelling as special effect </li></ul><ul><li>Elegance of design & construction </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasure in being manipulated & analyzing storytelling process </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers as amateur narratologists </li></ul>
  • 4. Why Complexity? Why Now? <ul><li>Industry: Dedicated Quality Audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Technology: Rewatchability, Precision </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: Generational Savviness, Participatory Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Culture: Procedural Literacy </li></ul>

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