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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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Narrative machines

Narrative machines

(p.5) 1 Narrative machines
The Arc and the Machine

Caroline Bassett

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores narrative as a formation emerging out of the contemporary interchange between information technology, culture, and society. If narrative is socially symbolic then the materials of which it is made, the conditions within which it is read, as well as the forms in which it is written or practised, and the tales that it gathers up within itself, matter. They are a part of what gets symbolized, and how. To explore changing narrative formations developing in relation to new media might thus offer insights into the cultural significance of contemporary processes of automation transforming the temporal and spatial dimensions of everyday life.

Keywords:   narrative, information technology, culture, society, new media

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