‘Just because’ stories: on <i>Elephant</i><sup>1</sup>

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:
‘Just because’ stories: on Elephant1

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This chapter turns to Elephant, Gus Van Sant's film about the Columbine killings, which may be regarded as interactive and which provokes consideration of non-linearity as a new form of composition, rather than as a form of decomposition or simple disruption. This opens the way to a broader consideration of the cultural forms and practices of everyday life within informational culture. The logic of narrative as an ongoing response to information may be generalized: there is an elephant called narrative in the room.

Keywords: Gus Van Sant; Elephant; Columbine killings; non-linearity; composition; decomposition; informational culture; narrative

Chapter.  10162 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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