Narrative machines

Caroline Bassett

in The Arc and the Machine

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719073427
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700907 | DOI:
Narrative machines

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This chapter explores narrative as a formation emerging out of the contemporary interchange between information technology, culture, and society. If narrative is socially symbolic then the materials of which it is made, the conditions within which it is read, as well as the forms in which it is written or practised, and the tales that it gathers up within itself, matter. They are a part of what gets symbolized, and how. To explore changing narrative formations developing in relation to new media might thus offer insights into the cultural significance of contemporary processes of automation transforming the temporal and spatial dimensions of everyday life.

Keywords: narrative; information technology; culture; society; new media

Chapter.  17318 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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