Adrian just posted an incredibly helpful post. He implores that designing networked media (I.e. Interactive Documentaries, webdocs, database narratives) is not about the interactivity per se. It is about understanding that each element in the equation that produces an effective networked experience (porosity, granularity, and faceted) is as important as the next. For an Interactive Doco to function effectively:
- A SNU (Small Narrative Unit) must be porous in consistency. This means that it must be adaptable to a soft-assemblage environment. The potential of one SNU to join another SNU feasible and believable.
- The networked system must consist of a fine-grain of SNU’s. The finer the grain the richer the experience for the user as more content will equal both a broader and deeper understanding of the narrative theme/topic.
- The links between each SNU must be of a great number and variety. The more faceted pathways throughout the content the greater chance for multiple interpretations and hence unique experiences.
I have just finished reading a paper about mapping successful hyperlink pathways. The more I read into user engagement the more I add to the list of what would make the most fruitful SNU. To make every SNU a type of “hook” (Barab et al, 38) to encourage the user to proceed on their exploration of the presented content.