Paths Crossed

Flight Paths takes the interactive story idea in an interesting direction. We don’t have much control over things, unlike the collecting of the dolls in Inanimate Alice, but we are still fully immersed in the story and interaction. I was more confused with this story, but I had a greater motivation to keep going, to try to solve my confusion and to see what happened next. Also, the way the story is ran is really cool, as the screen is constantly moving and things are coming and going. We as humans have tiny attention spans, and this story capitalizes on that. There is always something else to keep us occupied, like new pictures and new text, and just when we think we can sit back and become lazy, we have to press the button to continue things along. I was so focused on this, that I forgot what I was doing in real life. There was enough to take in that my brain didn’t even think about goofing off, or going on Facebook or whatever. Pictures didn’t repeat, and text boxes appeared in different areas all the time. I appreciate this story for what it is doing, and how well it uses the idea of interaction. It is a very minimalist approach, and it proves that even the smallest amount can make all the difference.

The fourth episode, “Dark Mass”, kept me in suspense the most. I loved how it used two different types of font to narrate two different stories on the same screen. It took me a second to realize what was happening, and then I caught on. I might be confused because the previous episode  wouldn’t load no matter how many times I clicked on it, which is one of the flaws with this medium. A multi-part online story is like a machine: it can only work if all the parts are functional. Literally, in this case, it wasn’t. That doesn’t stop it from being innovating, however. I was still very impressed with the whole thing, even if it is broken.

Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths are two good examples of what the future of story telling can look like. Each have a degree of interaction that requires our participation, rather than just reading over the material, which can lead to skimming over pages, which leads to putting the book down and watching TV. Today’s Americans need something to interact with, and it usually involves technology. People are moving towards using Kindles and other electronic tablets for their reading purposes, and shying away from actual paper books. Technology is the future of reading, and those who jump on the bandwagon now will be the pioneers of the years to come.

Lewis Darnell

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~ by tiddles747 on March 4, 2013.

3 Responses to “Paths Crossed”

  1. The author is a straight shooter. He doesn’t waste any time warming up, but just jumps right into the heart of his issue. Now completely immersed in his own idea world, the author comes up for air and takes a moment to look around. He decides that now would be a good time to make his primary observations about what the text is visually doing, and to then try to pin down one of these ideas for a closer look. He isn’t the kind of person with a loss of words but just wants to get as much down as fast as possible and then quickly end it.

    The author chooses to take a look at individual episodes to pull meaning from this medium. He points out the style of delivery that the fourth episode uses. The dark black side vs. the colorful side, and praising the author’s ability to tell two stories on one canvas.

    The approach taken is one of complimentary acceptance. Instead of calling out the authors for confusing details or a link that never seems to work, the author praises the ingenuity and shrugs off the “technical” problem. It’s not that our author is afraid to criticize, but rather that his approach doesn’t favor negative comments. This is not to say that negative comments are required, but that when thinking about something in only one way we can sometimes lose validity. In short, I’m not convinced.

    Towards the end the author broadens his scope, pulling in outside sources and making a point about the general public that lies somewhere between basic psychology and opinion. But, that’s what this piece is after all, an opinion. He uses the common ideas of the time to point out that this method of storytelling will become popular as time goes on.

  2. I wrote the above comment, luckily my picture is below the comment as well.

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