Moving fiction : novelists, technology designers, and the art of the exchange
Author(s)Epstein, Michael, 1969-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies.
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How can concepts from literature and technology design combine to create new forms of storytelling on mobile devices? This paper examines the theory and practice of bringing literary techniques into mobile technology design. First I present a model of media technology evolution which is not progressive, but atemporal-grounded in the ongoing expressive challenges of the humanities. This theory forms the basis for what I call the exchange: temporary collaborations between creative writers and interaction designers which lead to new forms of fiction and communications technology. I promote close readings of literature as a starting point for the exchange, examining specific passages for mobile storytelling inspiration and innovative means of modeling users. I then look at nascent efforts in storytelling over mobile devices, focusing on museum tours, grassroots organizations, artist collectives, research groups, and, lastly, my own work. In the end, I advocate a hybrid form of "Moving Fiction," combining mobile media characters with live actors, music, and sensory input from the surrounding environment.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Comparative Media Studies, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves -63).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies.