Wired TV

Wired TV

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This collection looks at the posta€“network television industrya€™s heady experiments with new forms of interactive storytellinga€”or wired TVa€”that took place from 2005 to 2010 as the networks responded to the introduction of broadband into the majority of homes and the proliferation of popular, participatory Web 2.0 companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Contributors address a wide range of issues, from the networksa€™ sporadic efforts to engage fans using transmedia storytelling to the production inefficiencies that continue to dog network television to the impact of multimedia convergence and multinational, corporate conglomeration on entrepreneurial creativity. With essays from such top scholars as Henry Jenkins, John T. Caldwell, and Jonathan Gray and from new and exciting voices emerging in this field, Wired TV elucidates the myriad new digital threats and the equal number of digital opportunities that have become part and parcel of todaya€™s post-network era. Readers will quickly recognize the familiar television franchises on which the contributors focusa€” including Lost, The Office, Entourage, Battlestar Gallactica, The L Word, and Heroesa€”in order to reveal their impact on an industry in transition. While it is not easy for vast bureaucracies to change course, executives from key network divisions engaged in an unprecedented period of innovation and collaboration with four important groups: members of the Hollywood creative community who wanted to expand televisiona€™s storytelling worlds and marketing capabilities by incorporating social media; members of the Silicon Valley tech community who were keen to rethink television distribution for the digital era; members of the Madison Avenue advertising community who were eager to rethink ad-supported content; and fans who were enthusiastic and willing to use social media story extensions to proselytize on behalf of a favorite network series. In the aftermath of the lengthy Writers Guild of America strike of 2007/2008, the networks clamped down on such collaborations and began to reclaim control over their operations, locking themselves back into an aging system of interconnected bureaucracies, entrenched hierarchies, and traditional partners from the past. Whata€™s next for the future of the television industry? Stay tuneda€”or at least online. Contributors: Vincent Brook, Will Brooker, John T. Caldwell, M. J. Clarke, Jonathan Gray, Henry Jenkins, Derek Johnson, Robert V. Kozinets, Denise Mann, Katynka Z. MartAsnez, and Julie Levin Russo... sells tens of thousands of adolescent YouTube-fixated, iLife-cocooned software buyers on the complex a€œmeta-editinga€ aesthetics (the sizzle) behind its FCP and iDVD (the steak), thus hawking film theory as a home electronics usera#39;s guide.

Title:Wired TV
Author:Denise Mann
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2014-02-11


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