How do these webisodes imagine and address their audience? How can we compare their transmedia logics to that of FlashForward? How does the imagined transmedia-savvy audience shape or influence the narrative form of the webisode? Does the transmedia audience imagined by The Resistance seem significantly different from the audience imagined/constructed by Chasing Dorota? And in turn, do these two series approach the possibilities of webisodes as transmedia narrative differently?
We’ve seen a range of ways in which media texts use invitational strategies to engage viewers, and we’ve seen what viewers do in response. In Gossip Girl, we’ve seen a representation *of* viewer engagement through technology (and that representation might be understood as an invitational strategy of its own…)
For FlashForward, I’d like us to now consider the impact of these invitational strategies (and the assumption of audience engagement) on the form of the media itself. How does the assumption of audience behavior impact the series’ narrative project, character development, formal language, and representational strategies?
Drawing from your Blogging book, how does Gossip Girl envision the power of the blogger? The reader? The cultural participant? How do digital technologies translate into power struggles, and between whom?
What audience do you feel Gossip Girl is addressing, and in what way? What forms of invitiation for teleparticipation does Gossip Girl use? Do you think its invitational strategies are effective?
How might we read Gossip Girl as addressing/hailing a millennial audience? How might we read it as a representation of the millennial generation as contemporary (digital) media audience and/or author?
Building on our conversation on Monday, do you feel aspiration, nostalgia, generational recognition, or othering at play in your engagement with Gossip Girl?
How do these remixes construct meaning? What elements do they bring together to create meaning, and to what effect? How do they work with the limitations of source text, cultural context, interface, and technology to create and communicate meaning?
How do these remixes address their viewers? As spectacle? As narrative? As both? Think in relation to the screenings from the first half of the semester.
Do these remixes encourage/invite teleparticipation, and if so, how?