The narrative braid: a model for tackling the narrative paradox in adaptive documentaries

Hargood, Charlie, Jewell, Michael O. and Millard, David (2012) The narrative braid: a model for tackling the narrative paradox in adaptive documentaries. In, Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. 23rd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media New York, US, Association for Computing Machinery.


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The Narrative Paradox is a theory that describes interaction and narrative cohesion as being in tension, and asserts that the structure of a narrative is disrupted by user adaptivity, leading to possible incoherence as the system accounts for interaction. We propose an approach that may reduce this disruption. Specically, we propose to model a narrative as a collection of threads, woven together into the discourse as a narrative braid. By separately maintaining logical coherence within a thread and thematic coherence between threads we believe it is possible to introduce inter- activity while maintaining a strong narrative structure. We discuss how this may be applied to adaptive documentaries which, with a wide base of recorded material and diverse plot threads, provide a rich medium for initial experimentation in this area

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Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 338873
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
25 June 2012Published
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 09:04
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 13:54
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