Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace

by Janet H. Murray, Janet Horowitz-Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262631873

ISBN-13: 9780262631877

Pub. Date: 08/27/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

Stories define how we think, play, and understand our lives. In this comprehensive and readable book -- already a classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media, acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike -- Janet Murray shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by. Murray discusses the unique properties and pleasures of digital environments

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Stories define how we think, play, and understand our lives. In this comprehensive and readable book -- already a classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media, acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike -- Janet Murray shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by. Murray discusses the unique properties and pleasures of digital environments and connects them with the traditional satisfactions of narrative. She analyzes the dramatic satisfaction of participatory stories and considers what would be necessary to move interactive fiction from the formats of childish games and confusing labyrinths into a mature and compelling art form. Through a blend of imagination and techno-wizardry, Murray provides both readers and writers with a guide to the storytelling of the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262631877
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/27/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
970,913
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Book Lover Longs For Cyberdrama1
Pt. IA New Medium for Storytelling
1Lord Burleigh's Kiss13
2Harbingers of the Holodeck27
3From Additive to Expressive Form65
Pt. IIThe Aesthetics of the Medium
4Immersion97
5Agency126
6Transformation154
Pt. IIIProcedural Authorship
7The Cyberbard and the Multiform Plot185
8Eliza's Daughters214
Pt. IVNew Beauty, New Truth
9Digital TV and the Emerging Formats of Cyberdrama251
10Hamlet on the Holodeck?273
Notes285
Bibliography303
Index316

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