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A Transmedia Topology of 'Making a Murderer

Hook, Alan, Barrios-O'Neill, Danielle and Mairs Dyer, Jolene (2016) A Transmedia Topology of 'Making a Murderer. VIEW The European Journal for Television History and Culture, 5 (10). pp. 124-139. [Journal article]

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URL: http://viewjournal.eu/index.php/view/article/view/JETHC117/244

Abstract

This article constructs a transmedia topology of the Making a Murderer text, demonstrating influences of various forms of documentary, interactive gaming culture, and post-digital writing on the series itself as well as on the paratextual cloud of works that grew up around it. Here we define transmedia topology as a tracing of what we could call the geography of the text, as defined by its features and boundaries (or lack thereof). We will discuss the intentionality of the series creators, as well as the emergence of a transmedial textuality that is owed largely to audiences and the textual terrain. The Making a Murderer series thus becomes the basis for a larger transmedia narrative that sprawls across social-digital networks, a pastiche of multifarious public reaction and unsanctioned investigation.The article maps the ecologies of interaction, participation and creation with and of the text by the audience to map the thresholds of the transmedial text and investigate new approaches to analysing transmedial work in the context of non-fiction media forms.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Transmedia; Making a Murderer; Textual Analysis; Complex TV; Paratextual Analysis
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:36606
Deposited By: Mr Alan Hook
Deposited On:10 Jan 2017 09:53
Last Modified:25 Jul 2017 10:47

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