I’ve just discovered a new feature of Youtube that allows one to annotate videos with speech bubbles, notes, and “spotlights” (or links to other Youtube videos). This has the potential to turn Youtube videos in to an interactive media format that can allow for narratives with choice and branching stories. The notes and speech bubbles also make the video window look very similar to a pane in a comic book. It will allow for another layer of meaning to be added to a video, as well as the insertion of text into video–always possible but a “track” that rarely gets used. There is much potential in these new tools, and there should be some interesting artistic applications and experiments to emerge.
I have been invited to adjunct teach a course at Emerson College called “Writing for Interactive Media.” I have begun the process of researching possible text books and creating a syllabus. I’m excited about the prospect of employing the concept of electracy as a way of organizing this class, as well as the chance to research narrative as a form of information storage and retrieval that might provide ways to maximize the communicative potential of new technologies. There will be more to say about all of this once the course gets started. For now, though, I’ll be busy with a lot of good ole-fashioned book-reading!