Storytelling seems to become more fluid in a digital and interactive environment. As much as we might want to structure a story by beginning or end, an online story or website doesn’t necessarily have the same structure when it becomes interactive that you intended. For example, while website designers may expect the home page to be the first page a viewer sees, sometimes Google or an emailed link lands them on some random inner page without the “introductory” info your home page intentionally provides.

Arguably, the digital environment may improve or worsen academic writing and argument depending on its contributors. For example, many people complain that correct spelling, proper grammar, capitalization, or other writing conventions have disappeared in the digital age. On the other hand, the attention span of an online viewer seems much shorter and an argument might have to become much more concise in an online environment. Beyond the question of better or worse, digitally published academic material still seems to have less credibility to other academics than print publications, unless the topic is digital media.

Category: W9: Interactivity
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  1. dcook6 says:

    I think you bring up some really good points, especially the lack of control of the author, or webmaster. This person cannot control the point at which the participant enters or leaves their site, or ‘interactive story’. I also think it speaks to the cultural shift in wanting data instantaneously. People do not want to wait until the end of the story to get additional information on people, places, or specific subjects. They want to be able to jump back and forth without hesitation.

    I also agree that a decline in writing conventions is a real possibility, and concerning for younger generations. As influential as web 2.0 and social media is, students in higher education will still be expected to know how to write essays, research papers, thesis, etc. I do not believe the University systems will be able to conform to the technology as fast as the technology is changing. This will be a struggle for students growing up in an interactive age, but being educated by a more traditional system. Especially as they transition to the working world. Of course, I’m sure people have been saying this since the early eighties, and yet, students somehow manage to cope.