A deep dive into the world of online and multimedia longform storytelling, this book charts the renaissance in deep reading, viewing and listening associated with the literary mind, and the resulting implications of its rise in popularity.
David O. Dowling argues that although developments in media technology have enabled the ascendance of nonfictional storytelling to new heights through new forms, it has done so at the peril of these intensely persuasive designs becoming deployed for commercial and political purposes. He shows how traditional boundaries separating genres and dividing editorial from advertising content have fallen with the rise of media hybridity, drawing attention to how the principle of an independent press can be reformulated for the digital ecosystem.
Immersive Longform Storytelling is a compelling examination of storytelling, covering multimedia features, on-demand documentary television, branded digital documentaries, interactive online documentaries, and podcasting. This book’s focus on both form and effect make it a fascinating read for scholars and academics interested in storytelling and the rise of new media.
Introduction 1. Multimedia Narratives: The 'Snow Fall' Revolution and Beyond 2. Social Media and the Online Reading Revival 3. On-demand TV and the Binge Watching Revolution 4. Content Marketing’s Immersive Transmedia Storytelling 5. Audio Immersion: the Case of the Podcast 6. The Interactive Online Documentary 7. Conclusion: The Immersed Journalist