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The Arc and the MachineNarrative and New Media$
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Caroline Bassett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073427

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073427.001.0001

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‘Just because’ stories: on Elephant1

‘Just because’ stories: on Elephant1

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The Arc and the Machine
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Caroline Bassett

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073427.003.0006

This chapter turns to Elephant, Gus Van Sant's film about the Columbine killings, which may be regarded as interactive and which provokes consideration of non-linearity as a new form of composition, rather than as a form of decomposition or simple disruption. This opens the way to a broader consideration of the cultural forms and practices of everyday life within informational culture. The logic of narrative as an ongoing response to information may be generalized: there is an elephant called narrative in the room.

Keywords:   Gus Van Sant, Elephant, Columbine killings, non-linearity, composition, decomposition, informational culture, narrative

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