Audience inter/active: Interactive media, narrative control and reconceiving audience history

Rob Cover

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Abstract

This article examines the ways in which recent theorizations of interactivity work to reconceive the author-text-audience relationship. Suggesting that all media forms - historical and contemporary - can be reconceptualized in light of recent understandings of interactivity, it is argued that control over the text and its narrative as mythically 'finished' products is struggled over between an authorial desire for finality and an audience desire for control over the arrangement, (re) configuration and (re) distribution of the text. This struggle takes place across the sites of technological developments of textual control versus full interactivity, and in the realms of both media theory and media law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-158
Number of pages20
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

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