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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

(p.165) 5 ‘Just because’ stories: on Elephant1
The Arc and the Machine

Caroline Bassett

Manchester University Press

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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